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John Rylands University Library

AA Projects was appointed to manage this project to publicise the John Rylands University Library on Deansgate in the centre of Manchester.

The library’s special collections, believed to be among the largest in the United Kingdom, include medieval illuminated manuscripts and examples of early European printing, including a Gutenberg Bible and the second largest collection of printing by William Caxton. The Rylands Library Papyrus P52 is believed to be the earliest extant New Testament text. The library holds personal papers and letters of notable figures, among them Elizabeth Gaskell and John Dalton.

Since having to close its main entrance doors due to DDA issues the library found that the number of visitors it receives had fallen. A number of design options sensitive to this Grade I listed building were developed to encourage visitors to use the alternative entrance located to the side of the building. Extensive negotiations were required with the library team and the Planners to ensure that the publicity banners were in keeping with the Grade 1 listed façade.