British Library in London stores a phenomenal 14 million books, 1 million newspapers, manuscripts, maps, prints and drawings, music scores, and patents
British Library– UK’s national library and the world’s most extensive library stores a phenomenal fourteen million books and nearly one million newspapers & journals. It stores every single book ever released in the United Kingdom and the Republic of Ireland.
It’s Free to access. For International Visitors, there is an introduction to the Library in some foreign languages. You are advised to read this information before you visit the British Library.
Some Interesting Facts
– The library receives a copy of every publication produced in the UK and Ireland
– The collection includes well over 150 million items, in most known languages
– 3 million new items are added every year
– British Library has manuscripts, maps, newspapers, magazines, prints and drawings, music scores, and patents
– The Sound Archive keeps sound recordings from 19th-century cylinders to CD, DVD and MD recordings
– They house 8 million stamps and other philatelic items
– All this requires over 625 km of shelves and grows by 12 km every year
– The world’s earliest dated printed book, the Diamond Sutra, is sometimes on display in our exhibition galleries alongside many other treasures
– Over 16,000 people use the collections each day (on site and online)
– They operate the world’s largest document delivery service providing millions of items a year to customers all over the world
British Library: Admission ticket price, opening hours
Admission Tickets: Free admission i.e. no entrance fee.
Opening Hours: Monday – Thursday 09:30 – 20:00 Friday 09:30 – 18:00 Saturday 09:30 – 17:00 Sunday 11:00 – 17:00 (Including the free Entrance Hall exhibition and Members’ Room). Closed Christmas and New Year day. Open on all other Bank Holiday/Public Holiday
Address, Car Parking and Nearest Tube to British Library
Address: 96 Euston Road, London, NW1 2DB. See the location in Google Map
Telephone and Email: 0330 333 1144 Email. [email protected]
Nearest Tube/Train Bus: King’s Cross St. Pancras, Euston and Euston Square. Train- Kings Cross and St Pancras International, Euston. Bus- bus numbers: 10, 30, 59, 63, 73 and 91. Please visit the Journey Planner of Transport for London to see how to get there.
Car parking: No car park is available. The nearest NCP car park is on Judd Street, Metered parking (88:30 am– 6:30 pm) is available on Ossulston Street.