150 Deansgate
Greater Manchester
M3 3EH


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A masterpiece of neo-Gothic style, the John Rylands Library first opened its doors to public readers on 1 January 1900. The library was founded by Enriqueta Rylands in memory of her husband, John Rylands, and was built as a gift to Manchester.

Home to one of the most remarkable university special collections in the world. With a collection of over 1.4 million items, in more than 50 languages, the John Rylands Library has a large collection of rare books, maps, archives, works of art and objects. The impressive collection includes the St John Fragment, a scrap of papyrus that is thought to be the earliest piece of any New Testament writing in existence. Other treasures held in the extensive collection – which spans five millennia – include the letters of local author Elizabeth Gaskell.

Literary lovers should take a moment to stand, surrounded by books, in the Historic Reading Room; those looking for sanctuary from the hustle and bustle of Deansgate can enjoy a cup of tea in the library’s cafe. Easily accessible by Metrolink, train or bus, the library also hosts regular events and exhibitions throughout the year.

  • Mon: Closed
  • Tue: Closed
  • Wed: 10:00 am - 5:00 pm
  • Thu: 10:00 am - 5:00 pm
  • Fri: 10:00 am - 5:00 pm
  • Sat: 10:00 am - 5:00 pm
  • Sun: Closed
  • Gift Shop
  • Toilets
  • Accessible Toilet
  • Baby Changing Facilities
  • Wheelchair Accessible

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