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Reviewed March 5, 2014

I liked it even more than the library at Trinity College, Dublin. Rylands is more intimate. Go up to the third floor first; if you are a book lover, you won't believe it ... There was a fascinating exhibit of early cookbooks while I was there, plus a letter hand written by Marcel Proust.

Date of experience: February 2014
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Reviewed March 5, 2014

Don't let the modern entrance area throw you, entering this building really is like taking a step back in time. The architecture is simply marvelous, especially the building's ceilings, and they even provide mirrors to avoid neck ache from looking up. It's a shame there's not more opportunities to handle the books or see inside them, but given their age and fragility i can completely understand why this isn't possible.

Date of experience: September 2013
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Reviewed March 4, 2014

Visited the library purely to see the Victorian Gothic architecture since it was my first visit to Manchester and I'd been told it's amazing. It certainly is.

The original building faces onto Deansgate and there is a more modern part at the back through which you enter. There is a café and lifts to each floor and the galleries so disabled access is good in that respect but the historic building staircase is, obviously, not wheelchair navigable. There is a good handrail there for those more mobile, but if you are in a chair, you need to look down from the top gallery or up from the ground floor, which you can go to via the lift.

The whole building is stunning, great carving, stained glass windows, the reading room looks more like a church or cathedral, Victorian reading lamps, it is quite remarkable. In addition to the book collections, there are also many interesting items to view, as the library has a regularly changing exhibition.

There are little seats available to carry round with you, should you need to sit down at any point. There are also plenty of seats throughout the galleries and reading rooms. Staff are most helpful.

Well worth a visit, especially if its your first visit to Manchester.

Date of experience: February 2014
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Reviewed March 2, 2014

Free entry well worth a visit. Like stepping back in time on entering this beautiful library. You can also take pictures inside a must see for your visit to Manchester.

Date of experience: December 2013
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Reviewed March 1, 2014

I love old books and architecture so this was a wonderful place to visit. Make sure to check out the hours of operation. Nice little store to make purchases. The collection of books and references is wonderful. Its amazing to see the modern new building right next-door to the wonderfully old library. Many things to do around the library and a train station nearby for easy commuting.

Date of experience: September 2013
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