Highlights of John Rylands University Library Manchester
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.
The entrance is through a modern extension on the side of the building but this leads to an amazing Neo Gothic corridor.
|Entrance corridor to John Rylands Library
On the ground floor you find the historic entrance hall and main 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.
|Statue of Enriqueta Rylands