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The John Rylands Library entrance

Opening times

Christmas closure dates

The Library will close at 5pm on Sunday, 23 December and will reopen at 10am on Wednesday, 2 January.

Reader Services will close at 5pm on Saturday, 22 December and will reopen at 10am on Wednesday, 2 January.

Visitor opening hours

Entrance of The John Rylands LibraryThe John Rylands Library is open to visitors seven days a week.

  • Monday: 12noon to 5pm
  • Tuesday: 10am to 5pm
  • Wednesday: 10am to 5pm
  • Thursday: 10am to 5pm
  • Friday: 10am to 5pm
  • Saturday: 10am to 5pm
  • Sunday: 12noon to 5pm

Please note that the last entry to the Library will be at 4.45pm.  This is to ensure that all visitors are evacuated safely and securely.

Reader Services opening times

Normal reading room opening hours are 10am - 5pm (7pm Thursday), Monday to Saturday.

  • Monday: 10am to 5pm
  • Tuesday: 10am to 5pm
  • Wednesday: 10am to 5pm
  • Thursday: 10am to 7pm
  • Friday: 10am to 5pm
  • Saturday: 10am to 5pm
  • Sunday: Closed

The Reader Service is closed on public holidays.

Café opening hours

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