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The John Rylands Library

Type:Libraries

The University of Manchester
150 Deansgate
Manchester
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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  • Dryws D
    Cheltenham, United Kingdom
    Trip Type:
    Solo travel
    Amazing place highlight of my first visit to the City
    5 of 5 stars
    Sunday, 20th May 2018
    Primarily I went to see the exhibition alchemy of colour a small compact display that was worth seeing but I’d like to have seen more and have had somebody to ask questions, if you want to see the... Read full review
  • rogjames85
    London, United Kingdom
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    Amazing building
    5 of 5 stars
    Sunday, 20th May 2018
    Loved the size of the great reading room, the Victorian toilets. Nice little cafe as you come in. Highly recommend a visit. Read full review
  • Adrienne S
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    Excellent exhibition
    5 of 5 stars
    Saturday, 19th May 2018
    Excellent exhibition on the use of colour in printing. Highly recommended. Lovely to see a fine example of Gothic Revival architecture too. Read full review

Opening Times

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

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