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The British Library, London

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More than a massive repository for books, the The British Library also holds significant artifacts and documents, such as the Magna Carta, a Gutenberg Bible, and an original Beatles lyrics sheet. Each year, the world's largest library adds three million new items, requiring some 9.6 km (6.0 mi) of shelf space. You obviously won't see everything on your visit, so take a guided tour to view the most important collections and learn about the building's history and architecture. The Philatelic Exhibition holds some of the world's rarest and most significant stamps; check its schedule for temporary exhibits. If you want to learn more before your visit, download podcasts from the library's website. You can also listen to presentations from past events. See The British Library and all London has to offer by arranging your trip with our London vacation trip planner.
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  • Can to believe how big this building is there is a feeling to the place that is hard to describe Looking at the site plan makes you think It is a place to return to and work out what to see Great plac...  more »
  • This is a hidden gem. Worth the visit to see original Beatles lyrics and notes, a Guttenberg Bible and Magna Carta. A nice change from every packed exhibit in London.  more »
  • If you like to see historical documents in a famous person's handwriting, this is the place to visit. We were fascinated by some of the items in this collection. The library is equally interesting and...  more »
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  • An excellent place for your study for any type of research work. Membership is free. Easy access by public transport. Nice building well-designed. Very clean and tidy and staff were helpful. They have everything kept in order nicely organized. Journals can be found in their in-house search system. Very cool and calm environment, can spend whole day studying and searching for resources.
  • This library is literally the best repository for documents and books and anything a researcher might need for their work. Very few places compare to it. And plus, it's also the perfect place to study your own stuff. Everything from the Reader Registration to the delivery of delicate archival material, the place runs like a well-oiled machine! Definitely recommend to anyone who wishes to visit the place!
  • A hidden gem among a plethora of culturally significant museums and landmarks in London. It was amazing to get to view so many historically treasured documents featured in the Treasures of the British Library including one of only 4 copies in existence of the Magna Carta and several handwritten lyrics from the Beatles (including ones by John on the back of Julian's birthday card). A quick and easily accessible stop (lots of transit options nearby) for any history buff and it is FREE.
  • Best place to work in London town. Great library, great stuff, great facilities and great food. Just what i needed.
  • Wonderful place to visit, we went to see some of Leonardo Da Vinci works and it was pretty cool. The place is well thought out and a pleasure to visit, a real hustle and bustle of life.