The John Rylands Library

Communities in Communication

17 July - 21 December 2014

The Middle Ages are commonly seen as a time of widespread ignorance and prejudice, but diversity and multiculturalism are not modern inventions. Perhaps surprisingly, examples can be…

Echo and Narcissus

11 August 2014 - 9 January 2015

Each of the mirrors in this body of work is dedicated to a literary heroine, provoking reflections of the feminine on several, potentially fragmented, levels. The statements etched…

Giving it Wigan: Norman Nicholson at 100

25 July - 14 December 2014

In celebration of writer Norman Nicholson’s centenary, this display draws on the Library’s extensive archive to tell stories of his life and work. Born in Cumbria, Nicholson drew inspiration…

Imprinting the Imagination: Northern Renaissance Prints from the Holtorp Collection

8 May - 26 October 2014

Imprinting the Imagination delves into the world of the sixteenth-century printed image. This small but captivating show, including works by artists such as Hans Burgkmair, Albrecht…

Third Thursday Late

17:00 - 19:00 18 September 2014

A great opportunity to pop in after work, or a day’s shopping, and see the Library in a different light. 5 - 6.45pm

Third Thursday Late: Flautist Jennifer Dyson

18:00 - 18:30 18 September 2014

Thrill to the sounds of flute music filling the Historic Reading Room and carrying you away.

Tour and Treasures

14:00 - 15:00 18 September 2014

Take a closer look at some items from the Library’s magnificent collections and find out more about this historic building.

Introductory Tour

15:00 - 15:30 19 September 2014

Your chance to learn about this fascinating building and some of its history. Just turn up! Please note that we cannot accept large groups on this tour. If your group would like a…

Tour en Français - French language only tour

11:00 - 12:00 20 September 2014

La Bibliothèque John Rylands Deansgate ouvre ses portes pour vous emmèner à l'intérieur, et vous faire découvrir le site, dédié aux livres et à son architecture Victorienne. Cette…

Explorer tour

11:00 - 12:00 23 September 2014

Ever wondered where some of the Library doors and staircases lead to? Then this is the tour for you!

Introductory Tour

15:00 - 15:30 24 September 2014

Your chance to learn about this fascinating building and some of its history. Just turn up! Please note that we cannot accept large groups on this tour. If your group would like a…

Learn together: Journey through time - Mapping Manchester

16:30 - 18:00 25 September 2014

Investigate the past through historical maps. Discover what Manchester was like when it was little more than a village and take jumps through time as it grew right up to discovering…

Introductory tour

15:00 - 15:30 26 September 2014

Your chance to learn about this fascinating building and some of its history. Just turn up! Please note that we cannot accept large groups on this tour. If your group would like a…

Harmonious society

27 September - 23 November 2014

A major exhibition of new commissions and UK premieres shown across Manchester city centre. The John Rylands Library, in partnership with Centre for Chinese Contemporary Art (CFCCA),…

Introductory Tour

15:00 - 15:30 1 October 2014

Your chance to learn about this fascinating building and some of its history. Just turn up! Please note that we cannot accept large groups on this tour. If your group would like a…

Men Who Like Women Who Smell Of Their Jobs

1 October 2014 - 31 January 2015

The dark humour and weird logic of David Gaffney’s critically acclaimed Sawn-off Tales series meets the warped gothic fables of internationally exhibited contemporary visual artist…

Unusual Views: Library tour for photographers

15:00 - 16:00 1 October 2014

Take the opportunity to photograph the Library building from spectacular viewpoints not normally open to the public!

Explorer tour

15:00 - 16:00 2 October 2014

Ever wondered where some of the Library doors and staircases lead to? Then this is the tour for you!

Toddler Tales

10:30 - 11:30 2 October 2014

Come and join us in our cosy corner and pull up a cushion. Enjoy great stories, songs and other fun activities. Just drop in! Suitable for ages 0 - 5

Introductory Tour

15:00 - 16:00 3 October 2014

Your chance to learn about this fascinating building and some of its history. Just turn up! Please note that we cannot accept large groups on this tour. If your group would like a…

Echo & Narcissus: Curator's talk

14:00 - 15:00 4 October 2014

Join artist Carol Sommer to explore the stories behind her exhibition and discover who the women were who inspired her to inscribe the mirrors in the exhibition.

Enchanting Tales

11:00 - 12:00 4 October 2014

Join the Library’s storyteller in one of our beautiful book-lined rooms, for tales of magic, mystery, mayhem and more!

Here be Dragons! A tour of the Library for children

12:00 - 13:00 4 October 2014

The walls and the ceilings of the Library are full of strange and mysterious creatures – join our tour to seek them out. Most suitable for families with children aged 5-10.

Introductory tour

15:00 - 15:30 10 October 2014

Your chance to learn about this fascinating building and some of its history. Just turn up! Please note that we cannot accept large groups on this tour. If your group would like a…

Tour and treasures

14:00 - 15:00 16 October 2014

Take a closer look at some items from the Library’s magnificent collections and find out more about this historic building.

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