Wishlisted by Michelle
Still waiting for your Hogwarts acceptance letter? Jump the gun and go there yourself via The John Ryland Library. Maintained and part of the University of Manchester, the tourists can easily feel like they stepped into the magical world created by JK Rowling, sans the second floor that's a working research library. Opened in the 1900's, the library boasts of grand neo- Gothic architecture with ribbed vaults, vast stone staircases and intricate arches. Each wing has a collection of dense stack of old books on dust- resistant bookcases. The library's book collection is believed to be the largest in the United Kingdom, including medieval illuminated manuscripts and examples of early European printing, including the first edition of James Joyce's Ulysses. They also house pieces of papyrus fragments. The most notable is the St John Fragment, believed to be the oldest extant New Testament text, the earliest fragment of the text of the canonical Gospel of John.