The John Rylands Library
The John Rylands Library
4.5
10:00 AM - 5:00 PM
Wednesday
10:00 AM - 5:00 PM
Thursday
10:00 AM - 5:00 PM
Friday
10:00 AM - 5:00 PM
Saturday
10:00 AM - 5:00 PM
About
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
Duration: 2-3 hours
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  • St Peter's Square • 6 min walk
  • Exchange Square • 8 min walk
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  • Plattypuss52
    836 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    Not seen a library like this before!
    We stumbled across this during a day wandering around the sights of Manchester. Although we were aware of it , we weren’t sure whether we should go in. We did and were amazed by the grandeur off the building and the story behind its construction. Well worth a visit.
    Visited July 2023
    Travelled with friends
    Written 24 July 2023
  • HJasmine
    Manchester, United Kingdom124 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    Interesting
    This is a stunning gothic-style building that is worth visiting for the architecture alone. There was a very interesting Dante exhibition when we visited, but I believe they routinely have various exhibitions on. A great free attraction in Manchester!
    Visited January 2023
    Travelled as a couple
    Written 6 August 2023
  • permia
    63,242 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    Esteemed institute
    Superb both architecturally and for the precious volumes it hold in trust. In Neo-Gothic style it is highly ornate with exquisite features, both interior and at the facade. Its collections include priceless historical documents and volumes plus letters and personal papers of famous writers and scientists.
    Visited June 2023
    Written 21 August 2023
  • Daniel M
    4 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    Educational and stunning architecture.
    Me and my fiancee decided to go for an impromptu tour around this wonderful and educational building and we were not disappointed. Although it was a Saturday lunchtime and therefore a bit busy for my liking, it is to be expected at that time and I can understand why so many people would want to visit this place as the architecture alone is stunning. There is an abundance of information about the library and its history and much more on top of that. If you are visiting Manchester or even if you are a resident, I highly recommend a visit. If you are a fan of history and want to learn more about Manchester then you will not be disappointed.
    Visited August 2023
    Travelled as a couple
    Written 13 October 2023
  • andrea F
    Little Lever, United Kingdom17 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    Fantastic
    If visiting Manchester, visit this place as its beautiful. Truly the most beautiful library I've ever seen. The architecture is outstandingly impressive. Victorian, gothic building that was gifted to the people of Manchester. To read the books I believe appointments have to be made so do check. An enormous array of allsorts. Fabulous.
    Visited March 2023
    Travelled solo
    Written 14 October 2023
  • Madeline W
    London, United Kingdom52 contributions
    4.0 of 5 bubbles
    I liked it better with no influencers
    I have always loved popping into the John Rylands for a quick refresh of architecture and space and calm. Sadly, it has been taken over by influencers and people doing impromptu photo shoots. Yes, it is a beautiful building but it is difficult to enjoy with all of that nonsense happening around you. All of that aside, it is a lovely place full of exciting and fascinating exhibits and is a nice oasis on Deansgate.
    Visited August 2023
    Travelled solo
    Written 23 October 2023
  • Aimee H
    2 contributions
    4.0 of 5 bubbles
    The truth about John Ryland
    We went on a class trip to John Roland's library. The first impression when we came in was the structure of the building, it's awe-inspiring. As we wondered around, we discovered a lot of things, such as statues and English literature. We read about how the building was established. If you want to know about the history of literature, it's a good opportunity go to this place. WE LOVED IT!
    Visited January 2024
    Travelled on business
    Written 12 January 2024
  • L5162TIhelen
    Thirsk, United Kingdom48 contributions
    4.0 of 5 bubbles
    Very atmospheric building - a temple to learning
    An amazing building that I had always wanted to see. The atmosphere was very special and it must be a great place to read in, though the lovely period lighting is quite low! Just a shame the cafe was no longer available.
    Visited March 2024
    Travelled with friends
    Written 13 March 2024
  • Rachel P
    London, United Kingdom62 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    Visit to John Rylands
    Lovely visit to a beautiful library. It was over Easter weekend so relatively busy, as in we had to queue. It is really interesting to see the figures inside and think about the history of Manchester. Wish I’d spent more time there when I was a student in Manchester.
    Visited April 2024
    Travelled as a couple
    Written 6 April 2024
  • mayccm2018
    Hong Kong, China1,041 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    Beautiful library
    It was opened to the public in 1900. Excellent historical site in Manchester city center. The library was extraordinary gothic-style building had numerous valuable extensive collections of books and the interior design was beautiful and impressive. The librarians were helpful and friendly. Convenient location. Free admission. Absolutely recommend.
    Visited April 2024
    Travelled solo
    Written 19 April 2024
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Babsstockport
Stockport, UK613 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Sept 2019
This is a must see if you are in Manchester. It is on the main road and easy to enter and free. The architecture is absolutely amazing and will take your breath away. The exhibits are fascinating - all very well documented and you can spend as long as you want looking at everything including books, manuscripts and sculptures. In the basement the toilets are also worth a visit as they are from a bygone age!
Written 19 January 2020
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Jessica V
2 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Feb 2020 • Couples
You can ether take your time looking at books, remains of books, science and medical utilities and reading very interesting Storys about them or just take a Quick Tour though the historical halls. They are impressing and so well contained. Great staff and nice little store.
Written 29 February 2020
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Sofía González
20 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Jan 2022
What a library! It's definitely a must do in Manchester, with it's beautiful neo-gothic arquitecture, interesting history and amazing contents.
I deeply recommend reading all the information about its creation for a deeper understanding and admiration.
Staff are very kind and helpful.
Spent round about an hour.
Written 9 January 2022
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happytapeworm
Leeds, UK139 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Jan 2020 • Friends
Having visited Manchester for many years I've somehow managed to miss this amazing lump of architecture until now. It's not exactly awful to look at on the outside and has dome amazing details but step inside and you'd have to be pretty cold inside not to be stunned. Really friendly staff and lots to see, photography friendly too (apart from a couple of exhibitions) but no tripods allowed.
Written 29 January 2020
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LeatherTraveller
Oslo, Norway308 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Feb 2020 • Solo
From the outside, John Rylands Library looks kind of old and run down. But once inside, I was pleasantly surprised the high standard of maintenance and preservation the building has. Amazing to see and feel the lace wood paneling, the lightings, rows of original bookshelves. Highly recommended and in order to do justice, do spare 2-3 hours to wonder and explore the library. Better still join the guided tours so as to appreciate the history and stories behind it.
Written 22 February 2020
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Tea Toddler
Manchester, UK6 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
May 2019 • Business
Excellent spot for a good read. This library despite being in the busy city centre has managed to create an ideal environment for those who need a peaceful moment or a few to have a good read. Their collection of literature is unique and unlike other public libraries their staff are very well informed about their collection. The nice little souvenir shop near the entrance is a fine touch. I’d recommend a visit if you’re in town and have a 10-15mins to spare.
Written 19 January 2020
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Mark T
Blackpool, UK16 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Feb 2020 • Solo
Walked past this gothic building many times but had never been inside. The architecture inside is amazing. The gothic design is like the interior of a church but it is still a working library; a tranquil space away from the busyness of Deansgate. There are well presented displays about John Rylands and the history of the building and a small bookshop in the foyer. I highly recommend a visit.
Written 27 February 2020
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John M
2 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Jan 2020
This is an active city library coupled with an historic site built in memory of a major industrialist in Manchester. The University of Manchester oversees the operation and provides hosts/guides from their staff. The building has some amazing architecture and even more amazing history on the woman who funded and directed the design of the structure.
Written 3 February 2020
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DaniAndreia
Greater London, UK76 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Nov 2021
We didn't have tickets so we joined the walk in queue and entered almost straightaway. The staff at the door was very friendly.
Inside there was always a member of staff available for questions and the information displayed was very complete. The rooms were very beautiful, definitely worth a visit.
Written 8 November 2021
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MikaTravels86
Belgrade, Serbia68 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Feb 2020
Defiantly recommend visiting library if you are fan of Harry Potter, or you just like books. Entry is free, and you can stay as long as you like. You can even grab a chair and do some reading in this beautiful place.
Written 3 March 2020
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