The John Rylands Library

at 150 Deansgate, Manchester, M3 3EH United Kingdom

The John Rylands Library, Deansgate opened in 1900. Now part of The University of Manchester Library.


The John Rylands Library
150 Deansgate
Manchester M3 3EH
United Kingdom
Contact Phone
P: 0161 306 0555
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Description

The John Rylands Library, Deansgate, was founded by Enriqueta Rylands in memory of her husband John Rylands. In 1889 the architect Basil Champneys designed the striking gothic building, which took ten years to build and was opened to public readers on 1 January 1900. The Library became part of The University of Manchester in 1972 and currently holds the Special Collections of the John Rylands University Library. Mrs Rylands' memorial to her husband is now part of the third largest academic library in the United Kingdom, and the Deansgate building houses over 250,000 printed volumes, and well over a million manuscripts and archival items. We are also on Twitter https://twitter.com/TheJohnRylands Looking for The University of Manchester Library main page - see http://www.facebook.com/pages/Manchester-United-Kingdom/The-John-Rylands-University-Library/25777209922

Opening time

  • Mondays: 12:00- 17:00
  • Tuesdays: 10:00- 17:00
  • Wednesdays: 10:00- 17:00
  • Thursdays: 10:00- 17:00
  • Fridays: 10:00- 17:00
  • Saturdays: 10:00- 17:00
  • Sundays: 12:00- 17:00

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We are seeking to recruit a small team of volunteers to assist in an exciting project: http://www.library.manchester.ac.uk/rylands/volunteering/

Published The John Rylands Library on 2016-06-05 08:30:31 GMT

Great pic from @nenaki_007: 'Magic, Witches & Devils exhibition... The plan is: 1. Steal the Black Magic Book 2. Start running! #manchester #citybreak #weekend'

Published The John Rylands Library on 2016-06-04 20:59:39 GMT

'The Art of Dying' was designed to help people achieve a good death. Images of poor deathbed performances (listed as faithlessness, despair, impatience, vainglory and avarice) were contrasted with those showing how the dying person should behave (with faith, hope, patience, humility and worldly detachment). ‘The Temptation to Avarice’ scene, for example, shows a group of demons pointing to the dying man’s possessions and loved ones, reminding him of the things he will soon leave behind. View the image in greater detail here http://man.ac.uk/FosYB4 Fascinated by the supernatural? Visit our latest exhibition 'Magic, Witches & Devils in the Early Modern World' http://www.library.manchester.ac.uk/rylands/whats-on/exhibitions/magic/ #jrlmagic

Published The John Rylands Library on 2016-06-04 07:30:39 GMT

Manchester Histories Festival starts today! During the festival, we’ll be celebrating the achievements of some of our city's most innovative women and the impact of the Manchester Guardian (now the Guardian) newspaper. We'll be holding 'Great Women of Manchester' Collection encounters, 8 and 10 June, and revealing historic photographs from our Guardian Archive at the Celebration Day, 11 June, at Manchester Town Hall. Image: The Manchester Guardian and Evening News office, Cross Street, 1948. The football score was manually updated as the game progressed. http://www.library.manchester.ac.uk/rylands/whats-on/exhibitions/mhf/ #MHF2016

Published The John Rylands Library on 2016-06-03 16:25:12 GMT

Making plans for the weekend? Dare to spend it amongst witches and devils http://www.library.manchester.ac.uk/rylands/whats-on/exhibitions/magic/ #jrlmagic

Published The John Rylands Library on 2016-06-03 00:02:23 GMT

We are seeking to recruit a small team of volunteers to assist in an exciting project: http://www.library.manchester.ac.uk/rylands/volunteering/ #VolunteersWeek

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The fear that the household could be infiltrated by demons is emphasised in the Concordance of Charity, a typological handbook that showed how events from the Old Testament of the Bible prefigured the actions of Christ in the New Testament. In a detail showing the ‘Parable of the Unclean Spirit’, a woman sweeps away four imp-like demons from the roof of her house. The protective qualities attached to the act of sweeping have long been a part of European folklore. View the image in greater detail here http://man.ac.uk/zyBu0Q Fascinated by the supernatural? Visit our latest exhibition 'Magic, Witches & Devils in the Early Modern World' http://www.library.manchester.ac.uk/rylands/whats-on/exhibitions/magic/ #jrlmagic

Published The John Rylands Library on 2016-06-01 20:02:27 GMT

Published The John Rylands Library on 2016-05-31 15:07:01 GMT

Take part in our May half term family programme as we celebrate the life and works of William Shakespeare. http://www.library.manchester.ac.uk/rylands/whats-on/may-ht/ Explore our beautiful Library through the captivating family trail and discover how the words of Shakespeare were printed in our printing press demonstration.

Published The John Rylands Library on 2016-05-31 10:23:31 GMT

Read the story of how blood from a demon’s liver was used to restore the sight of Persian prisoners at #jrlmagic http://www.library.manchester.ac.uk/rylands/whats-on/exhibitions/magic/

Published The John Rylands Library on 2016-05-30 11:25:15 GMT

The career of Valentine Greatrakes, an Irish faith healer, shows that treatments for physical and mental disorders combined natural and supernatural elements well into the 17th century. Greatrakes treated the diseased body parts of his patients by stroking them and he believed that his magical gift was a form of exorcism given to him by God. He gathered many eminent followers, including King Charles II, although some accused him of fraud or performing the Devil’s work. View the image in greater detail here http://man.ac.uk/71nuVy Fascinated by the supernatural? Visit our latest exhibition 'Magic, Witches & Devils in the Early Modern World' http://www.library.manchester.ac.uk/rylands/whats-on/exhibitions/magic/ #jrlmagic

Published The John Rylands Library on 2016-05-29 10:05:19 GMT

#Repost from @andymcgarryphoto 'Metal work @thejohnrylands #greenman #manchester #rylandslibrary #travel'

Published The John Rylands Library on 2016-05-29 07:44:02 GMT

Looking for something different this weekend? Look no further https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=OpAPKY-t480 #jrlmagic

Published The John Rylands Library on 2016-05-28 09:15:21 GMT

Published The John Rylands Library on 2016-05-27 13:53:04 GMT

How did a letter nailed to a wall cause a castle to crumble? Study the supernatural stories on display at #jrlmagic http://www.library.manchester.ac.uk/rylands/whats-on/exhibitions/magic/

Published The John Rylands Library on 2016-05-27 11:40:24 GMT

LISTEN: Our fascinating 'Magic, Witches & Devils in the Early Modern World' exhibition discussed on BBC Radio 2 Arts Show with Jonathan Ross (starts at 1:47:33): http://www.bbc.co.uk/programmes/b07bkk39 #jrlmagic. Join us this #bankholidayweekend and get up close with the supernatural: http://www.library.manchester.ac.uk/rylands/whats-on/exhibitions/magic/ #JRLMagic

Published The John Rylands Library on 2016-05-27 07:39:18 GMT

Great detail shot of the old entrance from Instagrammer @moniqa83: 'Every time I walk past #JohnRylandsLibrary I can't help but to take a snap. Always in passing and so I need to schedule a visit to see it from the inside. It has been acclaimed as the best example of Neo-Gothic #architecture in Europe and is indisputably one of the finest libraries in the world. It was also one of the first buildings in Manchester to be lit by electricity. #Manchester #DiscoverManchester #travel #wanderlust #tourist #wanderer #uk #cityscape #urban #landscape #igtravel #instapassport #thisismanchester #archilovers #architecturelovers #architectureporn #igmanchester #igers '

Published The John Rylands Library on 2016-05-26 20:38:34 GMT

The Shahnama (Book of Kings) was an epic poem that detailed Persian history from the beginning of the world to the arrival of Islam. The story of Rustam’s fourth task saw the hero enter a land populated by demons and sorcerers, where he was approached by a witch in the guise of a beautiful young woman. Realising her true nature when she recoiled at hearing the name of God, Rustam ordered her to ‘speak and show thy proper favour’. Returning to her hideous, wrinkled appearance, she was quickly put to the sword. View the image in greater detail here http://man.ac.uk/DO2VlN Fascinated by the supernatural? Visit our latest exhibition 'Magic, Witches & Devils in the Early Modern World' http://www.library.manchester.ac.uk/rylands/whats-on/exhibitions/magic/ #jrlmagic

Published The John Rylands Library on 2016-05-26 11:05:28 GMT

Don't have £1.8m to spare? Come and see our copy of Shakespeare's #FirstFolio for free http://www.library.manchester.ac.uk/rylands/whats-on/shakespeare/ :)

Published The John Rylands Library on 2016-05-26 10:42:13 GMT