Accessibility at the John Rylands Research Institute and Library

Staircases at The John Rylands Library‌Full accessibility information can be found on the AccessAble website:

We are working hard to improve accessibility and facilities. If you have questions, comments or suggestions, please call us on +44 (0)161 306 0555 or email: 

We welcome assistance dogs.

How to find us

The main entrance to the Library is located just off Deansgate, in the heart of the city centre.

Due to its city-centre location there is no parking at the Library – information on nearby car parks, including accessible parking, can be found here:

Arriving at the Library

  • Entrance to the Library is through a modern extension that links to the Historic building.
  • The modern extension is fully accessible, with level access.
  • We have a power-assisted entrance door to the left of the revolving door, operated by a push button. Please be careful, the floor is slate and can be slippery in wet weather. We have mats to keep the floor dry.
  • The welcome desk is on the right where staff will greet you and welcome you to the Library.
  • There are portable folding stools available in the Atrium which you can take with you as you explore the Library.

Within the Library

  • There is lift access to all floors with the exception of:
    • The Historic entrance and toilets.
  • There are steps with a handrail leading to the Historic entrance and toilets.
  • The corridors are wide with flat stone flags.
  • The Historic building is lit by the original lights so the light levels are lower.
  • There are large print (black on white) versions of all text in the exhibitions.
  • There are chairs on all levels.
  • There is one accessible toilet in the basement of the modern building. A RADAR key is required to access this facility; a key is available at the welcome desk.
  • Our staff wear purple clothing and can be found in all areas of the Library if you need further assistance.