View from the balcony across the Historic Reading Room during an event

John Rylands Next Chapter

The John Rylands Next Chapter project is set to enrich and transform the researcher and visitor experience at The University of Manchester's John Rylands Research Institute and Library (Rylands).

We're working to improve our exhibition and event spaces so you can enjoy our collections better.

Improvements will be taking place from February 2024 to February 2025. There are two phases to this project:

  • Phase one: We are upgrading public and staff spaces (February to August 2024)
  • Phase two: We are refreshing our galleries and exhibition spaces, and upgrading teaching and meeting spaces (September 2024 to February 2025)

We look forward to sharing our new spaces with you in 2025! 

To find out what's on and how to visit us in the meantime, please see our Visit page.