Getting here

John Rylands Research Institute and Library is located on Deansgate in the heart of Manchester.

The main entrance to the building is just off Deansgate, in the modern extension to the Library.

From Deansgate, proceed along the side of the Historic Building to the main entrance.


John Rylands Research Institute and Library
150 Deansgate
M3 3EH

How to get here

By train

There are several train stations in the city centre: Piccadilly, Victoria, Oxford Road, Deansgate and Salford Central.

These are served by the free bus shuttles (see below) that will take you around the city. All the shuttles stop near the Library.

By free bus (shuttle)

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

The number 1 free bus 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 free bus runs from Victoria station approach every ten minutes. Alight on Deansgate, opposite the Library.

By Metrolink tram

The nearest Metrolink tram stop is St Peter's Square, a seven minute walk.

Walking directions from the Metrolink

From St Peter's Square Metrolink Station, walk northwest on Princess Street / John Dalton Street until you reach Deansgate.

Turn left onto Deansgate and walk for approximately 100 metres.

John Rylands Research Institute and Library will be on your right.

By car

The City centre can be accessed via the M60 outer ring road by following signs for the City Centre and then the Inner ring road.

Please note there is no parking at the Library. There are several car parks within walking distance of the Library.

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

Accessible parking is available within central Manchester:

By bus

The nearest bus stops are on Deansgate and John Dalton Street.

Travelling from the University? The V1 and V2 (purple buses) leave the Students Union regularly and stop on John Dalton Street, close to the junction with Deansgate.

Stagecoach 197 leaves the Students Union at every 20 minutes and stops outside the Library on Deansgate.

Use the Transport for Greater Manchester Route Explorer to plan your route:

By bike

Bikes can be secured in Spinningfields an area in front of the Library. We unfortunately cannot allow folding bikes into the Library.

For more information on cycle routes around the City: