The John Rylands Library

College Library
City Centre, Manchester
  • Paul E.
    "A stunning place to visit, especially the top floor reading room"(3 Tips)
    Tobi K.
    "Incredible Architecture, nice staff."(5 Tips)
    Visit Manchester
    "1476 William Caxton edition"(2 Tips)
    Peter S.
    "Great cafe,local produce &home-made cakes!"(2 Tips)
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  • Freja E.
    Really interesting building and history, and a great gift shop on the ground floor. Join one of the guided tours and learn loads about the special collections and the founder!
  • Andria F H.
    Andria F HoFebruary 10, 2015
    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
  • Tobi K.
    Tobi KSeptember 26, 2014
    Incredible Architecture, nice staff. Take your time and have an eye for all the fantastic details!
  • Fabiano G.
    Fabiano GoulartApril 8, 2015
    Terrific building! Represent human knowledge. Café and shop. City centre. It's accessible by all forms of public transport. Awesome!!!
  • UniverCityCulture
    UniverCityCultureJuly 28, 2011
    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
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  • Andreas R.
    Andreas RichterJune 27, 2015
    Don't miss this library! Very impressive and it's allowed to make pictures.
  • UniverCityCulture
    UniverCityCultureJune 23, 2011
    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
  • Visit Manchester
    Visit ManchesterNovember 10, 2010
    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.
  • Simone P.
    Simone PastorinoDecember 12, 2013
    Amazing architecture & wonderful old library, I found casually walking around Manchester, it was a great surprise... :)
  • Antonio B.
    Antonio BoveAugust 14, 2014
    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.
  • UniverCityCulture
    UniverCityCultureJuly 28, 2011
    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
  • Julia K.
    Beautiful library. The kind of place that infects you with inspiration. Stunning!
  • Paul E.
    Paul EnglandFebruary 14, 2013
    A stunning place to visit, especially the top floor reading room
  • Rebecca D.
    Rebecca DiazAugust 3, 2015
    Really worth popping in. Beautiful architecture.
  • Joseph D.
    Joseph DentSeptember 10, 2012
    Studying for hours? Hungry? Get the double cheeseburger for £7. Stomach quencher!
  • George T.
    George TaylorMay 2, 2010
    Amazing libary. Got some interesting stuff on Typography and books in the exhibit.
  • Jack H.
    Jack HMay 31, 2014
    Stunning. My favourite place in Manchester.
  • Peter S.
    Peter SykesOctober 16, 2010
    Great cafe,local produce &home-made cakes!
  • Tom O.
    Tom OakleyAugust 12, 2014
    Architecture, historic, interesting, museum
  • Dina A.
    Dina A.May 16, 2011
    A very good atmosphere to study , I loved the place.
  • Visit Manchester
    Visit ManchesterJanuary 4, 2013
    Visit the John Rylands building then afternoon tea at the town hall.
  • Peter S.
    Peter SykesFebruary 13, 2011
    The best sausage and bacon sandwiches in Manchester!
  • Visit Manchester
    Visit ManchesterNovember 30, 2012
    Visit the John Rylands Library, it's breathtakingly beautiful.
  • Marta
    MartaJanuary 19, 2015
    make sure you go to the toilets in the basement :)
  • Cheryl K.
    Cheryl KinouchiMay 12, 2012
    A little gem that is well worth a visit.
  • John C.
    John CaffreyMarch 31, 2013
    Impressive building even on the outside.
  • Sacha B.
    Sacha BrummellNovember 8, 2010
    don't go to the toilet alone, they are severely haunted. creepiest toilets I have seen.
  • Bora D.
    Bora DemiralanSeptember 2, 2014
    Wow.. Legendary
  • Svenja C.
    Svenja CGMay 5, 2013
    Go time traveling!
  • David W.
    David WiederMay 28, 2012
    Very impressive!
  • Lewis S.
    Lewis SmithOctober 21, 2015
    The computers are not linked to the university server
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