Travel-the-Globe Thursday: The British Library


As a lover of books and an aspiring librarian, I LOVE visiting libraries in other countries and the British Library is one of my favourites.


The British Library is the second largest library in the world based on the number of items catalogued. As a legal deposit library, the British Library receives a copy of every book produced in the UK and Ireland, which is approximately 8,000 per day. The Library’s collections include 14 million books as well as a substantial number of manuscripts and historical items dating back as far as 2000 BC.

The Magna Carta

One of the best things about the British Library is that it is free to visit! They have some of the most significant treasures in the world on display for visitors to peruse including: Shakespeare’s First Folio, the Magna Carta, handwritten Beatles lyrics and drawings on pages from Leonardo Da Vinci’s Notebook.

The King’s Library Tower

My favourite part of the British Library is the King’s Library Tower. This is a six-storey glass and bronze structure that dominates the British Library’s entrance hall, and it is just an amazing sight! It is worth visiting just to see it.

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