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The John Rylands Library

Closed Now: 10:00 - 17:00
Open today: 10:00 - 17:00
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Beautiful building, hoge selection of old books and manuscript. Don’t miss this one when you go to... read more

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There's something magical about this library

The John Rylands Library is such a special place. Love the staff here and the access. We went to... read more

Reviewed 2 days ago
Manchester, United Kingdom
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Welcome to The John Rylands Library, one of the world's finest collections of rare books and manuscripts. The John Rylands Library is part of The University of Manchester. Please note that we open at 12noon on Mondays and Sundays
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150 Deansgate, Manchester M3 3EH, England
+44 161 306 0555
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Most Helpful Positive Review
Reviewed 16 June 2015

The Rylands is more visitor friendly than it was back in the old days, though the new reading room is a much inferior place for study than the main reading room. In the main reading room, I'm pleased to see that there are now notices...More

7  Thank CandidtouristEngland
Most Helpful Critical Review
Reviewed 27 August 2014

We decided to visit this library on a few-hours-long stay in Manchester on our way to Portugal. It was a good way to pass the time, but I don't think I would have paid money for it. Honestly the building and the actual library set-up...More

7  Thank skipitgood
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Reviewed today

Beautiful building, hoge selection of old books and manuscript. Don’t miss this one when you go to Manchester.

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Reviewed 2 days ago

The John Rylands Library is such a special place. Love the staff here and the access. We went to the Women Who Shaped Manchester exhibit - a really good experience and learnt something new. Good for young ones too... We read Emmeline Pankhurst’s letter that...More

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Reviewed 2 days ago

You won't be disappointed if you have time to visit the inside takes you back in time . The old books are interesting try not to miss !

Thank billyboggs
Reviewed 2 days ago via mobile

This was a great find. So much better than expected. This will suit any age group. Lots of history to read and look at. Great section where you can try on hats and have photos with different photo frames. Staff very helpful.

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Reviewed 3 days ago via mobile

John Ryland’s Library is so much more than a library its quite hard to put it into words. The architecture is incredible and has to be seen to be believed. Parts of it remind me of Hogwarts and other bits like a set from GOT....More

Thank MackyM13
Reviewed 4 days ago

an absolutely beautiful library with breathtaking architecture. a must visit if you are in the centre of town.

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Reviewed 1 week ago

The building is exquisite. Fascinating historical gem in central Manchester. Lovely gift shop with unusual items. Highly recommended.

Thank Carolecazbay
Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

Can't believe it has taken me this long to visit here. Stunning building filled with treasures and shown in an interesting way. Our 11 years old was so engrossed we temporarily mislaid him. Superb shop too. A must visit.

Thank EmmaS258
Reviewed 1 week ago

This gem of a building is an absolute must - not only for the stunning architecture and the atmospheric reading room, but for the Women who Shaped Manchester exhibition, which is well-presented and thought-provoking. A hugely enjoyable visit.

Thank Alison N
Reviewed 1 week ago

John Rylands Library Deansgate. What a treasure of a library & building this is. We spent a very pleasant couple of hours walking around and enjoying the architecture and the history of the library. Costing nearly a quarter of a million pounds in 1888 and...More

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Stephen G
12 July 2018|
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Response from Yvette J | Property representative |
Hi - no we haven't. :)
Natalie W
20 March 2018|
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Response from SennonLegend | Reviewed this property |
Sorry I’m really not sure? It’s part of the University of Manchester, so not aimed at that age group but they are very welcoming and I would certainly recommend the venue, your daughter will be in awe! I’ve taken my to all... More
13 January 2018|
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Response from Yvette J | Property representative |
Hi. We have two reading rooms and both are now areas where people doing their own study can come - you don't have to read our collections to use our reading rooms. We've listened to requests for a quiet space and hope you... More