The John Rylands Library, Manchester, England, UK. The library opened to the public in 1900. Since 1972 it has been part of The University of Manchester Library, holding it’s special collections (which include a Gutenberg Bible and The Rylands Library Papyrus P52, believed to be the earliest extant New Testament text). The library is open for readers and visitors. The architectural style is primarily neo-Gothic.
Rare and antique books line the shelves at Chetham Library, which was founded in 1653, making it the oldest public libary in the English speaking world in Manchester, England. Chetham's Library, which was established under the Will of Humphrey Chetham (1580-1653) and is the oldest surviving public library in Britain.