Improvements at The John Rylands Library Special Collections Reading Room get the green light

Over the summer we’ll be refurbishing the Reading Room to ensure an even better means of accessing and researching some of the world’s greatest collections.

Planning permission has been granted for the refurbishment of the Special Collections Reading Room on the fourth floor of The John Rylands Library this summer.

The Reading Room will be closed entirely on Monday 1 and Tuesday 2 July. However, from 3 July until the completion of the work, the service will be offered from the Christie Room on the first floor of the historic part of The John Rylands Library to ensure minimum disruption.

The refurbishment will offer improvements to the reader experience together with enhanced security and care of the collections through a redesigned staff workspace.

About the Reading Room

The room, located on the fourth floor of our Deansgate site, is an air conditioned, quiet space where anyone can register to access items from our world class Special Collections.

Christie Room interim arrangement

Services and routes throughout the building may alter at various times during the refurbishment so please do check the Special Collections Reading Room webpages for any updates ahead of your visit.

You can see some artist's impressions of the new Reading Room above, and view a 360° panorama of the room.

Further details

For more information, contact Dominic Marsh, Project Co-ordinator.