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The John Rylands Library in ten most beautiful libraries list


The John Rylands Library's historic staircase is one of the highlights of the building's interior.

The John Rylands Library has been named one of the ten most beautiful libraries in the UK, by

The article highlights the Library as a ‘stunning’ example of neo-gothic architecture, with its vaulted ceilings and art and crafts movement touches, and impressive collection of early printed books. Read the full piece, which celebrates beautiful libraries in an increasingly digital world, on the culturetrip website.

Other libraries in the list include; Trinity College Dublin Library, Oxford University’s Bodleian Library, and the ultra-modern Peckham Library in London.

The John Rylands Library was founded by Enriqueta Rylands in memory of her husband John Rylands. In 1889 the architect Basil Champneys designed the striking gothic building, which took ten years to build and was opened to public readers on 1 January 1900.

The library became part of The University of Manchester in 1972 and currently holds the Special Collections of The University of Manchester Library. Mrs Rylands' memorial to her husband is now part of the third largest academic library in the United Kingdom, and the Deansgate building houses over 250,000 printed volumes, and well over a million manuscripts and archival items.

Updated: Wed, Jun 3, 2015