Address: 96 Euston Road
Telephone: 020 7412 7332
Opening: Mon and
Wed-Fri 0930-1800; Tue 0930-200; Sat 0930-1700; Sun and public
holidays 1100-1700; Closed 24-28 Dec and 1 Jan. Admission free
Introduction to British Library, London
The British Library moved to its new purpose
built premises in 1998, it had previously been located in the
famous reading rooms. The library is a huge resource for knowledge and has a copy of every book or journal ever printed
in the UK. The library welcomes everyone, however they do not
loan books. The library also has 3 exhibition galleries and in
the summer months hosts free music events.
The library has some 200 books and manuscripts on
permanent display including hand written work by Charles Dickens,
Lewis Carol and Jane Austen. There are other famous exhibits on display, including Captain Scotts diary and a letter by Mahatma Gandi.
Exhibition will be of interest to keen stamp collectors and has displays of rare early stamps as well as
examples of modern commemorative stamps.
The library receives a copy of every
publication produced in the UK and Ireland.
The collection includes 150 million items, most of which are written in most known languages
3 million new items are incorporated every
The library houses manuscripts, maps,
newspapers, magazines, prints and drawings, music scores, and
The Sound Archive keeps sound recordings
from 19th-century cylinders to the latest CD, DVD and minidisc recordings
We house 8 million stamps and other
These require over 625 km of shelves, and
grow 12km every year
If you see 5 items today, it would take you
80,000 years to see the whole of the collection
The earliest dated printed book, the
Diamond Sutra, can be seen in our exhibition galleries
alongside many other national treasures
We have on-site space for over 1,200
Over 16,000 people use the collections each
Online catalogues, information and
exhibitions can be found on the website
We operate the world's largest document
delivery service providing some 4 million items a year to
customers all over the world.
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