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“What a wonderful building and resource”

The John Rylands Library
Ranked #1 of 191 things to do in Manchester
Certificate of Excellence
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Fee: No
Recommended length of visit: 2-3 hours
Owner description: 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
Useful Information: Bathroom facilities, Food available for purchase, Stairs / elevator, Wheelchair access
Reviewed March 4, 2013

This is an amazing facility - museum, library, attraction, resources. Staff were super helpful and explained everything I needed to know to access some historical books. Go and visit.

Thank William J
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Reviewed March 3, 2013

Interesting building, nice exhibitions (small but different) and a good cafe. Not sure if they do guided tours, but I think you'd get more out of it if someone showed you around.

Thank SunnySalfordGirl
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Reviewed March 3, 2013

Free entrance through well chimed modern architecture to one of England's greatest collections of printed books is inspiring.
There is on show at the moment an occasional exhibition of books made in memory of the 300 who died or were injured in the car bomb that exploded on 5th March 2007 on the bookmaking/bookselling al-Mutanabbi street in Baghdad. 'These books will make visible the literary bridge that connect us' Street

Thank PiersRC
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Reviewed February 27, 2013

The John Rylands Library is an excellent place for tourist to read a piece of Manchester's history and not only.

Thank IonutChepeneag
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Reviewed February 27, 2013

If you like books and/or old interesting buildings, this is for you! After entering the building through the modern entrance with the bookshop and cafe, you go upstairs and enter the old Victoria gothic library building and it really is a wow moment. There are columned corridors, dark library rooms some full of books and other rooms used as gallery spaces to display rare and old books. The large library room at the end is like a small cathedral and the main staircase at the far end of the old building is amazing, not to mention the old working victorian loos! Then we had an unexpected marvellous guided tour of the upper galleries, up spiral staircases, etc and were given a brilliant explanation of the history of the building. Well worth a visit!

Thank 15SMB15
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