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The John Rylands Library

Open Now: 10:00 - 17:00
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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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Reviewed yesterday via mobile

Beautiful building and right off the main road so easy to find. We visited whilst there was an additional exhibition on about the women of Manchester. No entrance fee. There is also a visitor shop and facilities onsite.

Date of experience: November 2018
Thank littlebear87
Reviewed 2 days ago via mobile

We were recommended by the reception staff of our hotel the Midland to visit this library.So glad we did.You may think,why visit a library,but it’s much more.With it’s stain glass windows and beautiful pillars,sculptures and high ceilings . It’s a must for all ages.I would...More

Date of experience: February 2019
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Reviewed 2 days ago

A beautiful piece of victorian architectural splendour with interesting exhibits . with places for quiet contemplation

Date of experience: January 2019
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Reviewed 3 days ago via mobile

Well the building itself is worth a visit inside and out, never mind all the books and history the place is full of and it's free, staff are very informative if you ask and they have things for the kids to do

Date of experience: February 2019
Thank steveparky
Reviewed 3 days ago

Wow ! Down Deansgate, This Gothic Church like Library is well worth seeing . If you like books and something to study go to this place where they seem to have so many books it`s unbelievable . Outside it looks like a church and don`t...More

Date of experience: February 2019
Thank David K
Reviewed 4 days ago

We came to early (It opened at noon) so we had to make a trip back. I'm so glad we did as it was stunning. Walking around inside was really old worldly.

Date of experience: February 2019
Thank charlottelotus
Reviewed 4 days ago

They do not rent out books any more, it's a visit only, but the building is beautiful and it is free admission. They have a store on the first level where you can purchase souvenirs. Inside the library makes you feel you are inside Harry...More

Date of experience: December 2018
Thank S T
Yvette J, Manager at The John Rylands Library, responded to this reviewResponded 3 days ago

Hi - you are permitted to read our books and archives, but have to do this on site due to the value and uniqueness of them. We have a special reading room where this happens and anyone over 16 can become a reader with us....More

Reviewed 5 days ago

Certainly worth spending time there,our was just a quick visit but could have spent many hours there.

Date of experience: February 2019
Thank barbarasV4325QJ
Reviewed 6 days ago

Great way to spend an hour, fantastic interior, with some interesting exhibitions and history along with the books.

Date of experience: December 2018
Thank PaulBatt
Reviewed 6 days ago via mobile

Visiting the old parts of the library was an absolute delight. Tours are offered and good to go with the tour, but you have the chance to explore to your hearts content after the tour. A great experience not to be missed! And if local,...More

Date of experience: January 2019
Thank 107rene
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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