John Rylands Library is located on Deansgate, Manchester, England.
Built in the 1890s, the John Rylands Library is widely regarded as one of the most beautiful libraries in the world; both the building and its collections are of outstanding international significance.
The John Rylands Library, Deansgate, 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 John Rylands University Library. Mrs Ryland’s 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.
His achievements inspired the foundation of the Library.
John Rylands was Manchester’s first multi-millionaire. He was a shy man of humble origins, but became one of the most successful businessmen of Victorian England.
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