The John Rylands Library

The John Rylands Library, Manchester: Hours, Address, The John Rylands Library Reviews: 4.5/5

The John Rylands Library
4.5
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
Suggested duration
2-3 hours
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How to get there
  • St Peter's Square • 6 min walk
  • Exchange Square • 8 min walk
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Debbie S
Sandwich, UK671 contributions
Jan 2022 • Couples
Fabulous architecture! Incredible book collection so well looked after - a real gem in the heart of Manchester. Very informative exhibits on the building and the driving force behind it Enriqueta Rylands. Don’t miss this place! Get there early as when I was leaving at 11.30 it was getting busy with groups of tourists!
Written January 11, 2022
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Sofía González
14 contributions
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 January 9, 2022
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LCAF
Manchester, UK41 contributions
Sep 2021
The Library is a splendid jewel in Manchester's crown. I can't thank the staff enough for allowing me to research the treasures the shelves hold. Every visit is relaxing and the staff deserves much praise for their friendly reception and guidance.
Written January 3, 2022
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Mike B.
Manchester, UK13 contributions
Nov 2021 • Friends
Wow, what a place. One of the most beautiful libraries I've ever seen. The building is incredible in its architecture and contents, the library and exhibitions are stunning. The walls seem to ooze a sense of the interesting and important discoveries that no doubt have been made here. Very much worth a visit.
Written January 2, 2022
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Marjorie V
6 contributions
Dec 2021 • Family
Very helpful warm engaging staff. Nothing too much trouble. Staff tried to initiate sign language to assist with communication with us which is excellent. Lovely building.
Written December 18, 2021
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Lil
5 contributions
Nov 2021 • Couples
This place is really beautiful. Took about an hour to walk around. Didn’t really read all the information, but we were mesmerised by the architecture. Staff are really friendly and helpful too. Was interesting to try and find the oldest book in there. Recommend to anybody- won’t regret going.
Written November 29, 2021
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lestamunda
London, UK931 contributions
Nov 2021 • Couples
Booked online (1/2 slots).

Very well organised and beautifully laid out.

Books are old - very old with good information provided.
Written November 25, 2021
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Sven Ö
Västerås, Sweden304 contributions
Nov 2021
Fantastic building and very friendly staff. It is what it is, a library, so there's not anything spectacular happening here. However, the building itself is the attraction. Well worth a visit.

Also, the books are fascinating too, even if you only study the titles.
Written November 22, 2021
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Jo S
29 contributions
Nov 2021 • Couples
A wonderful gothic building, that in itself is worth exploring. It houses rooms full of beautiful old books. Well worth taking time to visit.
Written November 15, 2021
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DaniAndreia
Greater London, UK52 contributions
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 November 8, 2021
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