The John Rylands Library

Library and Monument / Landmark
150 Deansgate (at Spinningfields), Manchester, M3 3EH, United Kingdom
Closed until 10:00 AM (Show more)
  • Mon, Sun
    • Noon–5:00 PM
  • Tue–Sat
    • 10:00 AM–5:00 PM

Built in the 1890s, the John Rylands Library is widely regarded as one of the most beautiful libraries in the world; both the building and its collections are of outstanding international significance.


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    Tom O.
    Architecture, historic, interesting, museum(4 Tips)
    Visit Manchester
    1476 William Caxton edition(2 Tips)
    Peter S.
    Great cafe,local produce &home-made cakes!(2 Tips)
    George T.
    Got some interesting stuff on Typography and books in the exhibit.(2 Tips)
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  • Fabiano G.

    Terrific building! Represent human knowledge. Café and shop. City centre. It's accessible by all forms of public transport. Awesome!!!

    Fabiano Goulart · April 8
  • Joana M.

    Parece a biblioteca do Harry Potter... Adorei.

    Joana Moreira · February 28
  • Andria F H.

    The Neo-Gothic Victorian library is not only an impressive piece of architecture itself, the large collection of William Caxton's books known as the first books printed in England can't be missed too

    Andria F Ho · February 10
  • Marta

    make sure you go to the toilets in the basement :)

    Marta · January 19
  • Tobi K.

    Incredible Architecture, nice staff. Take your time and have an eye for all the fantastic details!

    Tobi K · September 26, 2014
  • Alex Y.

    Потрясающее место. Старый читальный зал - обязательное место для посещения

    Alex Yu · September 13, 2014
  • Bora D.

    Wow.. Legendary

    Bora Demiralan · September 2, 2014
  • Antonio B.

    I don't know how i've missed this place for so long. Is so great and well deserve your visit at least one time.

    Antonio Bove · August 14, 2014
  • Tom O.

    Architecture, historic, interesting, museum

    Tom Oakley · August 12, 2014
  • Jack H.

    Stunning. My favourite place in Manchester.

    Jack H · May 31, 2014
  • Simone P.

    Amazing architecture & wonderful old library, I found casually walking around Manchester, it was a great surprise... :)

    Simone Pastorino · December 12, 2013
  • Svenja C.

    Go time traveling!

    Svenja CG · May 5, 2013
  • John C.

    The hours on Foursquare are wrong - see the picture below

    John Caffrey · April 14, 2013
  • John C.

    Impressive building even on the outside.

    John Caffrey · March 31, 2013
  • Paul E.

    A stunning place to visit, especially the top floor reading room

    Paul England · February 14, 2013
  • Visit Manchester

    Visit the John Rylands building then afternoon tea at the town hall.

    Visit Manchester · January 4, 2013
  • Visit Manchester

    Visit the John Rylands Library, it's breathtakingly beautiful.

    Visit Manchester · November 30, 2012
  • Joseph D.

    Studying for hours? Hungry? Get the double cheeseburger for £7. Stomach quencher!

    Joseph Dent · September 10, 2012
  • David W.

    Very impressive!

    David Wieder · May 28, 2012
  • Cheryl K.

    A little gem that is well worth a visit.

    Cheryl Kinouchi · May 12, 2012
  • Ignacio P.

    I love this place!

    Ignacio Palomo Duarte · March 11, 2012
  • Dominic A.

    This place is awesome!

    Dominic Adamson · November 19, 2011
  • UniverCityCulture

    The Manchester Medical Collection - A unique body of archive materials relating to the history of medicine in the Manchester area, from 1727 to present. Read more

    UniverCityCulture · July 28, 2011
  • UniverCityCulture

    A History of Urban Culture - A display of archival material to mark the 150th anniversary of the 1857 Art-Treasures Exhibition. The largest exhibition of fine and decorative art ever mounted in Britai Read more

    UniverCityCulture · July 28, 2011
  • UniverCityCulture

    Mapping Manchester - Cartographic Stories of the City: Research at John Rylands reveals how maps of Manchester have changed in response to technology. With striking visual representations of the city. Read more

    UniverCityCulture · June 23, 2011
  • Dina A.

    A very good atmosphere to study , I loved the place.

    Dina A. · May 16, 2011
  • Peter S.

    The best sausage and bacon sandwiches in Manchester!

    Peter Sykes · February 13, 2011
  • Visit Manchester

    This historic library's collection includes the oldest known piece of the New Testament and a 1476 William Caxton edition of Chaucer's Canterbury Tales.

    Visit Manchester · November 10, 2010
  • Sacha B.

    don't go to the toilet alone, they are severely haunted. creepiest toilets I have seen.

    Sacha Brummell · November 8, 2010
  • Peter S.

    Great cafe,local produce &home-made cakes!

    Peter Sykes · October 16, 2010
  • George T.

    Amazing libary. Got some interesting stuff on Typography and books in the exhibit.

    George Taylor · May 2, 2010

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