John Rylands University Library, University of Manchester




Oxford Road, Manchester M13 9PP


0161 275 3751

Alternative Names

Manchester University Library; John Rylands Library

Contact & Job Title

Stephen Pearson, Faculty Team Librarian for Religions and Theology

Purpose & main user community of the library

Staff and students of Manchester University

Terms of access

Walk-in, get day pass (available for three visits per year)

Opening hours

M–T 08.00–21.30, Fri 0800–1900 Sa 09.00–18.00, Su 13.00–18.00; Vac M–F 09.00–17.30, Sa 09.00–13.00. Check opening hours on website

Disabled access

Aisles between shelves narrow, some shelves high

Lending to other libraries & visitors

Yes ILL service. “Deliver” service (see web site for details)

Number of volumes


Periodicals – Back Issues


Current Periodicals


Other materials

MSS-Archival items; also microforms, map collection, E-journals, databases


Biblical studies, comparative religions, social and pastoral theology, patristics, Ecclesiastical history, Doctrinal theology, semitic languages

Special Collections

See special collections section on web-site


See guide to special collections on web-site. Especially notable – Methodist archives

Research resource

Particularly non-conformity – Methodist, Congregational, Baptist, Unitarian, Moravian, Quaker material, Christian Brethren collection

Catalogue Type

Computer/Card (now closed)

URL of catalogue
Other facilities

Photocopying, electronic journals

Full Time Staff

147.81 FT

Anything else about the library

Databases include ATLA Religion Database + ATLAS