The John Rylands Library entrance

Opening hours

Opening hours for visitors and the Special Collections Reading Room.


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 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.