The British Library is the world's leading resource for scholarship and research, its modern climate controlled building has eleven reading rooms with seating for up to 1200 people; nearly 14 million volumes are stored in four levels of basements. The library, founded in 1973, acquired the library collections of the British Museum amassed since its foundation in 1753; and its holdings now increase by some 3 million items annually.
The principal departments and their reading rooms - Humanities, Rare Books, Music and Manuscripts; Science, Technology and Industry; Oriental and India Collections are grouped around a central core containing the public exhibition galleries and King's Library. The Treasures Gallery has on display some 200 of the Library's most famous items including: Lindisfarne Gospels 698; Articles of the Barons complete with the seal of King John 1215 and subsequent charters including 'Magna Carta' 1225; Anglo-Saxon Chronicle; Gutenberg Bible; block printed `Diamond Sutra'; printed books of Caxton and Wyken de Worde; First Folio editions of Shakespeare's works; selections of letters and documents including those of Kings and Queens of England, Scott's Arctic Journals; Nelson's HMS Victory log-book.
Public areas include Treasures Gallery, Exhibition Gallery, Bookshop, Restaurant, Café.
Treasures Gallery and public areas:
Weekdays 9.30am to 6pm, 8pm Tuesday, 5pm Saturday
Sunday 11am to 5pm
Closed Christmas and New Year
Reading rooms are only open for research and reference which cannot be carried out elsewhere, admission is by ticket only and prior application is necessary.
Telephone: 01937 546060
Address: 96 Euston Road, NW1 2DB
Website: British Library
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