Chetham’s library in Manchester was founded in 1653 and claims to be the oldest surviving public library in Britain. Books from over 250 years old are stored in this centre of history. Despite the age of these books, you still have the possibility to explore a few of Chetham’s treasures and actually read some of these books. If you’d like to read there all you have to do is make an appointment. Besides books, the library has collected letters and deeds, beautiful paintings, prints and glass lantern-slides.
An interesting fact to know is that Karl Marx visited the library in 1846 at the invitation of his friend and fellow revolutionary socialist Friederick Engels.
All in all, it is more than worth a visit this oldest library in Britain, which is full of significant history facts.
After Chetham’s library in Manchester, the John Rylands Library is also worth mentioning. The John Rylands Library was built in 1890 and is known worldwide as one of the most beautiful libraries in the world. Due to its significant architecture and impressive collections, people from over the whole world go to Manchester to visit this library.
Due to the fact that Rylands wanted to build the library in this central and fashionable site of the city, it was not an easy job for John Rylands to convince the residents. There were a lot of discussions about the permissible height of the building, which in the end came in at just over 34 feet. The position of the library was also criticized because of the lack on surrounding place, but after many negotiation sessions he made it happen.
This marvelous library which filled with a significant collection of books is definitely worth visiting when you’re in Manchester.