Manchester, United Kingdom - April 22, 2013: People visit John Rylands Library on April 22, 2013 in Manchester, UK. The library opened to public in 1900 and is a Grade I Listed building.


John Rylands Library


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's a free 30-minute tour at 3pm Wednesday and Friday.

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