John Rylands Library

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General Information

The John Rylands Library is a public library in the Deansgate area of Manchester city centre, England. The library was built after Enriqueta Rylands purchased land in Deansgate and set about building a library in memory of her late husband, entrepreneur and philanthropist, John Rylands. The library was built and opened in 1900, it was built to a Victorian Neo-Gothic style and really dominates over the local streetscape; the building achieved Grade I listed status in 1994. The library's collection was steadily built up but the library merged with the local University of Manchester Library in 1974 and has since become one of the largest collections of books, manuscripts and printing in the United Kingdom.

Getting there

With the library being situated on Deansgate, the best way to get there is by either train or tram to the city’s Deansgate stations from there it is a five-minute walk up to the library. Alternatively, you could get a train to ‘Salford Central’ station which isn't too far away on foot.

Opening Times and Admission

The library is free to enter and is open most days from 10am-5pm with Sundays and Mondays opening later at 12 pm. The library contains a shop, mainly selling mementoes for visitors. A cafe is open in the library and welcomes visitors in for refreshments.

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