Highlights of John Rylands University Library Manchester


Gothic arched interior of library with stone reading cubicles

John Rylands Library on Deansgate is part of the University of Manchester and free to enter. 

This Neo Gothic building, opened in 1900, is a highlight of the walk Spinningfields a walk from Deansgate to Manchester Victoria It stands out amongst the modern architecture of Spinningfields.

Gothic building in red stone with tower

The entrance is through a modern extension on the side of the building but this leads to an amazing Neo Gothic corridor.

Gothic stone arches
Entrance corridor to John Rylands Library

On the ground floor you find the historic entrance hall and main staircase.

Gothic interior with columns and staircase
Entrance Hall and Staircase

The Historic Reading Room has a series of alcoves (see photo top) and statues including both John and Enriqueta Rylands. Enriqueta Rylands commissioned the library following the death of her husband.

white marble statue in front of gothic interior including clock and two small statues
Statue of Enriqueta Rylands


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