The John Rylands Library entrance

Opening hours

Opening hours for visitors and the Special Collections Reading Room.

Visitors

Rylands is open to visitors:

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

No booking is required.

Reader Services

Researchers can book appointments to access material in the Special Collections Reading Room at the JRRIL by emailing uml.special-collections@manchester.ac.uk. You can also book an hour-long digital appointment to view a small amount of Special Collections via a Zoom call.

  • In-person appointments are available from Monday to Saturday between 10am and 5pm.
  • Digital appointments are avaliable from Monday to Friday at 11am, 2pm and 3pm.

Limited spaces are available, and you must give a minimum of three days' notice when booking an appointment.