The John Rylands Library is oft considered one of the most beautiful libraries in the world. Resurrected in the 1890s and taking more than a decade to construct, the gothic and gorgeous library was designed by architect Basil Champneys. It opened its doors on the first of the year, 1900. In 1972, the historic library became a part of the University of Manchester.
Today, John Rylands Library is part of the third largest academic library in the UK, and the Deansgate building houses some of the most significant books and manuscripts ever written, along with extensive collections and rotating exhibits. One of five National Research Libraries, there are more than 4 million books and manuscripts in the library, along with 41,000-plus electronic journals, 500,000 e-books and hundreds of databases
The Library is located on the University of Manchester’s campus. The main entrance is off of Deansgate. The easiest way to arrive at the library is via shuttle bus from Piccadilly, Oxford Road or Victoria’s train station. The closest Metrolink stops are St. Peter’s Square and Victoria. By bus, exit St. Peter’s Square and Albert Square.