John Rylands Library

Local nameJohn Rylands Library
LocationManchester city centre, UK

The John Rylands Library is a late-Victorian neo-Gothic building on Deansgate in Manchester, England. The library, which opened to the public in 1900, was founded by Enriqueta Augustina Rylands in memory of her husband, John Rylands. The John Rylands Library and the library of the University of Manchester merged in July 1972 into the John Rylands University Library of Manchester; today it is part of The University of Manchester Library.

Special collections built up by both libraries were progressively concentrated in the Deansgate building. The special collections, believed to be among the largest in the United Kingdom, include medieval illuminated manuscripts and examples of early European printing, including a Gutenberg Bible, the second largest collection of printing by William Caxton, and the most extensive collection of the editions of the Aldine Press of Venice.

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Opening hours

Mon: noon - 5 p.m.
Tue - Sat: 10 a.m. - 5 p.m.
Sun: noon - 5 p.m.

Last entry: 4:30 p.m.


Free entry.

More information and contact


Official Website



Phone +44 161 275 3751

Address Oxford Road, Manchester, M13 9PP, UK

Coordinates 53°28'49.434" N -2°14'57.104" E

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