Rylands prepares to welcome back visitors

We are looking forward to reopening our doors to welcome visitors on 24 June 2021.


During the pandemic, the John Rylands Research Institute and Library has developed a vast range of online resources including Manchester Digital Collections, enabling everyone to explore our collections in amazing detail. 

However, due to limitations within our Grade 1 listed building we’ve only been physically open to researchers, by appointment only.

Reopening to visitors

We have been working hard to prepare the Rylands for the next phase of reopening and we are looking forward to reopening our doors to welcome visitors on 24 June. Initially we will be open Thursdays to Saturdays only, but we plan to scale up our opening times over the summer. 

You will be able to explore and enjoy our amazing building and collections once more, on a timed-ticketed basis. Further details on how to book places will be shared very soon.

Manchester's Guardian exhibition

Our major exhibition to celebrate the bicentenary of the Guardian newspaper, founded in Manchester in 1821 will also open on 24 June 2021. In the meantime, you can visit an online version of the exhibition.

Find out more

For further information on our welcome back plans, keep checking our website and follow us on social media, @TheJohnRylands.