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Using the Reading Room at The John Rylands Library

When you arrive at the Library the staff on the ground-floor Reception Desk will welcome you and direct you to our Reader Reception on Level 4 of the modern building.

You may take personal belongings and items you require for your research (eg. notepads, pencils, laptops and cameras) into the reading room but any bags or coats must be deposited in a locker. Our staff will assist you with this.

Special Collections items will be issued to you at the Issue Desk. We will provide you with book-rests, weights and nitrile gloves as appropriate.

We will explain how to use them if you are unsure. We can also provide more specialist equipment including a microscope, fibre-optic light sheet and UV lamp.

Staff are always on hand to help - please don't be afraid to ask! We want your visit to be as enjoyable and productive as possible.

Opening hours

Normal reading room opening hours are Monday-Saturday, 10am - 5pm (until 7pm on Thursdays).

The Reader Service is closed on public holidays.

Find us

The Special Collections Reading Room is on Level 4 of the modern Entrance Wing of The John Rylands Library. Directions to the John Rylands Library are available.

Contact us

For any enquiries relating to our Special Collections, please contact us.

Privacy Notice

We will collect and store your personal data in line with the Special Collections Privacy Notice: