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The John Rylands Library


The University of Manchester
150 Deansgate
Greater Manchester
M3 3EH

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Tel:0161 306 0555

Fax: +44 (0)161 834 5574

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Road Directions

The nearest NCP car parks are on Watson Street, New Quay Street and Blackfriars Street.

Public Transport Directions

The easiest way to reach the library from Piccadilly, Oxford Road and Victoria railway stations is via the free Metro-Shuttle buses.

The number 1 Metro-Shuttle runs from the forecourt of Piccadilly station every few minutes. Alight on John Dalton Street at stop WX, turn left onto Deansgate and you will see the library in front of you.

The number 2 Metro-Shuttle runs from Victoria station every ten minutes. Alight on Deansgate, opposite the library.

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  • Ole S
    Copenhagen, Denmark
    Trip Type:
    Solo travel
    A fabulous building with a stunning library
    5 of 5 stars
    Thursday, 21st September 2017
    The John Ryland’s Library is situated in a truly fantastic gothic building. Currently they have a special exhibition about the Reformation featuring a letter signed by Martin Luther and rare copy of... Read full review
  • ThatGrumbler
    Toronto, Canada
    Trip Type:
    Toast of Manchester
    4 of 5 stars
    Tuesday, 19th September 2017
    Serious place to visit while you are on "tourist spree". It allows you to calm down, think and appreciate architecture. You can take pictures. You can watch. You can go to the true Victorian... Read full review
  • Peter D
    Antwerp, Belgium
    Trip Type:
    Solo travel
    5 of 5 stars
    Tuesday, 19th September 2017
    This place has got everything: neo gothic architecture in combination with a rigid modern annex, art nouveau bronzes, original electric lights, several collections of rare books, old furniture... And... Read full review

Opening Times

Open (1 Jan 2016 - 31 Dec 2017)
Monday12:00 - 17:00
Tuesday - Saturday10:00 - 17:00
Sunday12:00 - 17:00
Bank Holiday12:00 - 17:00

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Saturday, 28th October 2017 - Saturday, 28th October 2017

Sunday, 29th October 2017 - Sunday, 29th October 2017

Tudors Rule! - Fun for all the FamilySpend a fun-filled afternoon at the Library where you can drop in and explore the amazing world of the Tudors.
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Tuesday, 20th February 2018 - Tuesday, 20th February 2018

Protest! - Collection EncounterDelve into our amazing collections as we explore the history of protest. From slavery to suffrage, we will be exploring the themes of protest. We'll be looking at items from our collection that tell the stories of men and women who have challenged the world around them. Free, no need to book, just...
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Friday, 27th October 2017 - Friday, 27th October 2017

C'mon baby light my pyre - Collection EncounterDrop in to the Library to see items from the collection and find out more about a Europe torn apart by spiritual conflict.
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Tuesday, 31st October 2017 - Tuesday, 31st October 2017

The Reformation: Who gives a fig?Join us at the Library as we celebrate the 500th anniversary of The Reformation with an evening of debate and discussion. Prepare to be challenged and enlightened as we mark the 500th anniversary of The Reformation and ask, 'Does it still matter?'
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Thursday, 12th October 2017 - Thursday, 12th October 2017

Thursday, 16th November 2017 - Thursday, 16th November 2017

Thursday, 11th January 2018 - Thursday, 11th January 2018

Thursday, 8th February 2018 - Thursday, 8th February 2018

Friday, 23rd February 2018 - Friday, 23rd February 2018

Radical Print - Printing Press DemonstrationWatch and learn about how the printing press became an instrument of defiance and rebellion during the time of the Reformation.
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Thursday, 28th September 2017 - Thursday, 28th September 2017

Thursday, 26th October 2017 - Thursday, 26th October 2017

Thursday, 23rd November 2017 - Thursday, 23rd November 2017

Thursday, 25th January 2018 - Thursday, 25th January 2018

Thursday, 22nd February 2018 - Thursday, 22nd February 2018

Uncovering the Reformation - Curator TourJoin us for a free 30 minute curator-led tour that will explore the stories behind the items in The Reformation exhibition.
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