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The John Rylands Library entrance

Opening times

Visitor opening hours

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

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

Rylands Gallery closure dates

The Rylands Gallery will be closed on Monday 8 and Tuesday 9 October for exhibition changeover. The rest of the building will remain open on these dates. The Rylands Gallery will reopen on Wednesday 10 October.

Christmas closure dates

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

Reader Services opening times

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

  • Monday: 12 noon 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

Our café is currently only open at the weekends.  Find out more:

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