The John Rylands Library

150 Deansgate, Manchester M3 3EH
150 Deansgate Manchester England M3 3EH GB

This neo-gothic splendour is widely recognised as one of the most beautiful libraries in the world. It was built in the 1890s by Enriqueta Rylands in memory of her husband John.

The library has a vibrant all-year-round programme of activities, events and exhibitions. Visit the website for details of current programmes and expect the unexpected!

The library also offers an exciting range of workshops for schools and colleges. However, alongside these activities, it is a working academic library with special collections that are among the most important primary resources in the UK. The collections include early printed books, manuscripts from across the world and hundreds of archives with particular strengths in modern literature, nonconformity and British history. In all, these works show 4,000 years of human endeavour, from clay tablets to digital files!

Access is free of charge all year round. At this library you can immerse yourself for hours in their stunning collections or just pop into the Rylands Café for tea and cake.

Facilities: The building is fully accessible, further details available on their website.

Opening Times: Monday 12noon – 5pm
Tuesday to Saturday 10am – 5pm
Sunday 12noon – 5pm

Costs: Free Admission

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