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The John Rylands Library


The University of Manchester
150 Deansgate
Greater Manchester
M3 3EH

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Tel:0161 306 0555

Fax: +44 (0)161 834 5574

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The John Rylands Library

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Public Transport Directions

The easiest way to reach the library from Piccadilly, Oxford Road and Victoria railway stations is via the free Metro-Shuttle buses.

The number 1 Metro-Shuttle runs from the forecourt of Piccadilly station every few minutes. Alight on John Dalton Street at stop WX, turn left onto Deansgate and you will see the library in front of you.

The number 2 Metro-Shuttle runs from Victoria station every ten minutes. Alight on Deansgate, opposite the library.

Road Directions

The nearest NCP car parks are on Watson Street, New Quay Street and Blackfriars Street.

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  • cherileesjn
    Manchester, United Kingdom
    Trip Type:
    Visit with family
    5 of 5 stars
    Monday, 16th July 2018
    It has one of the oldest passages from the book of John. Would recommend this visit as the style of old and new build compared with old and new art. Read full review
  • rxmarsden
    Waconia, Minnesota
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    5 of 5 stars
    Monday, 16th July 2018
    Worth a quick visit. The architecture and artifacts were interesting. The small piece of papyrus containing words from the Gospel of John believing to be the oldest New Testament text was worth the... Read full review
  • Kate A
    Trip Type:
    Friends getaway
    Lovely interior
    4 of 5 stars
    Saturday, 14th July 2018
    This architectural gem is in the city centre The interior is particularly noteworthy Often holds exhibitions and open days Read full review

Opening Times

Open (1 Jan 2017 - 31 Dec 2018)
Monday12:00 - 17:00
Tuesday - Saturday10:00 - 17:00
Sunday12:00 - 17:00
Bank Holiday12:00 - 17:00

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