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The British Library, home to the Lindisfarne Gospels, Two Gutenberg Bibles, Two 1215 copies of Magna Carta, the Egerton Gospel, the only surviving manuscript copy of the poem Beowulf and 347 leaves of the Codex Sinaiticus. And that is just the start, though some of the highlights, of one of the largest collections of manuscripts and other articles in the world.
The British Library is now housed in a purpose built building near to Kings Cross station. You pass through huge iron gates into a courtyard and then into the building itself. On your left will be a large crouching bronze called
The British Library means different things to different people. It actually refers to a collection of books, which started off in 1753 as a department of the
So how vast is it now? Well, 150 million items, including 25 million books, would keep most collectors happy. But this library continues to expand at a rate of some 3 million items annually. The collection includes manuscripts and documents that date back to 300 BC, thus the British Library has become not only a collection of books, but a vast museum as well.
The library inevitably outgrew it’s location in the
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