John Rylands Library

John Rylands Library information

Manchester , England
150 Deansgate
+44 161 306 0555
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10am-5pm Tue-Sat, noon-5pm Mon & Sun
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Less a library and more a cathedral to books, Basil Champneys' stunning building is a breathtaking example of Victorian Gothic, no more so than the Reading Room, complete with high-vaulted ceilings and stained-glass windows. The collection of early printed books and rare manuscripts is equally impressive, and includes a Gutenberg Bible, the earliest extant New Testament text and the country's second-largest assembly of works by Britain's first printer, William Caxton. There are regular tours; check the website for details.