The British Library

The British Library is the national library of the United Kingdom and largest library in the world by number of items catalogued.

The British Library is a major research library, holding over items from many countries, in many languages and in many formats. Both print and digital; books, manuscripts, journals, newspapers, magazines, sound and music recordings, videos, play-scripts, patents, databases, maps, stamps, prints, drawings. The Library's collections include around 14 million books, along with substantial holdings of manuscripts and historical items dating back as far as 2000 BC.

Look out for…

  • The Magna Carta
  • Gutenberg Bible
  • Leonardo da Vinci sketches
  • Original lyrics to "Help" by the Beatles

Did you know?…

  • The Library contains over 150,000,000 items
  • A copy of every single publication that is printed in the UK and Ireland is added to it's collection
  • The library's shelves span over 400 miles

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