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Reading and London Libraries

London's Libraries are free to use and offer a wealth of services, besides books.

British Library

The British Library (BL) is the national library of the United Kingdom. Since 1997 the main collection has been housed in a single new building on Euston Road next to St. Pancras railway station.

The British Library is open to everyone and a "Reader Pass" is available to anyone who can provide identification and has a permanent address.

The British Library keeps a copy of every publication produced in the United Kingdom and Ireland and significant treasures include the Magna Carta, the Lindisfarne Gospels, Leonardo da Vinci's Notebook, The Times first edition from 18 March 1788 and Beatles manuscripts.

Three million items are added to the British Library every year and if you looked at five items each day, it would take you 80,000 years to see the whole of the collection!

The British Library, 96 Euston Road, London, NW1 2DB

Nearest Underground Stations: King's Cross/St Pancras, Euston and Euston Square. Buses that pass the British Library include: 10, 30, 73 and 91

Westminster Library

There are several public libraries in Westminster which are open to residents and visitors alike.

Reading Rooms.


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