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

Please note last entry is 20 minutes before closing.

Reader Services

We provide a 'closed-access' reader service. This means that you have to order up material and we bring it to you in the Reading Rooms. It is not possible to browse the shelves.

Anyone over the age of 18 can book appointments to access material in the Special Collections Reading Room at the JRRIL by using our booking request form. If you have any trouble with this form, please email the reading room team at: uml.special-collections@manchester.ac.uk.

You can also use the booking request form to 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 (extended opening hours on Thursdays, 10am to 7pm)
  • Digital appointments are available from Monday to Friday at 11am, 2pm and 3pm.

Limited spaces are available, and you must book a place in advance before coming to the reading room. We ask for three day's notice to view most items, except for those requiring curatorial approval or delivery from off-site which may take longer. A member of staff will check the status of the material and confirm the date and location of your appointment.

Requests for access to modern (post-1914) archives must be made well in advance of your visit, so that an archivist can check the material and decide whether it can be made available subject to the provisions of the General Data Protection Regulation and the Data Protection Act 2018.

  • Please note that checking of uncatalogued collections by curators may take up to 30 working days
  • The maximum number of uncatalogued material which can be ordered for consultation for 1 day in the reading room is capped at 15 files or 30 items.