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Address: 96 Euston Road | St Pancras, London NW1 2DB, England
Phone Number: +44 1937 546060
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Sun 11:00 am - 5:00 pm
Mon 9:30 am - 6:00 pm
Tue 9:30 am - 8:00 pm
Wed - Fri 9:30 am - 6:00 pm
Sat 9:30 am - 5:00 pm
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Description: Open to all visitors seven-days-a-week, this superb building by Sir Colin...
Open to all visitors seven-days-a-week, this superb building by Sir Colin St John Wilson offers events, special exhibitions and a Treasures Gallery that displays over 200 items, including Magna Carta, a Gutenberg Bible and lyrics by the Beatles.
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This building sits between St Pancras and Euston stations. I was disappointed with the building from an exterior perspective, but the was the building is set out makes other... read more

4 of 5 starsReviewed September 28, 2012
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London, United Kingdom
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed September 28, 2012

This building sits between St Pancras and Euston stations. I was disappointed with the building from an exterior perspective, but the was the building is set out makes other libraries seem poorly set out. A great place to find information , but so is the internet!

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Harrow, United Kingdom
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed September 17, 2012

Temporary Olympics exhibition very accessible and well laid out - I look forward to the next temporary exhibition

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BritishLibrary, Web Editor at British Library, responded to this review

I'm pleased to hear that you enjoyed the Olympex exhibition.There are two new special exhibitions coming soon. First is 'On the Road: Jack Kerouac's manuscript scroll', which opens on Thu 4 Oct and closes just after Christmas. Our major exhibition will be 'Mughal India: Art, Culture and Empire', which runs from 9 November 2012 to 2 April 2013. More 

Boom, Belgium
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed September 16, 2012

I spend about 3 hours in there. The permanent collection is well worth a visit, but also the building itself and the whole atmosphere is something you must have experienced. The building is next door to St. prancras station.

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Warwick, United Kingdom
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 15, 2012

This wonderful place is situated between Euston and King's Cross stations so there's no excuse for not visiting! You can see the Magna Carta, hand illuminated books from as early as the 500AD...right now there are first edition copies of some of the greatest works, along with the handwritten notes that created them. We were interested in the Harry Potter... More 

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Milwaukee, Wisconsin
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 10, 2012

Because we had only an hour to spend at the British Library, we headed to a gallery that displayed the highlights of the collection. It was astounding -- everything from one of the four surviving copies of the Magna Carte (complete with excellent video explanations), the original texts of Beatles tunes written out on the back of an envelope or... More 

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Shrewsbury, United Kingdom
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed September 4, 2012

There was a huge selection of interesting documents and articles to see, making for an interesting couple of hours. There is free entry into the Treasures Room where one could see 2 out of 4 remaining copies of the Magna Carta and original manuscripts from Jane Austen, Christopher Marlowe and a selection of maps and religious scripture. We also ventured... More 

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London, United Kingdom
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 4, 2012

The British Library is GREAT! As an academic, I go there almost everyday for work, but its a great place to pop in in any case. Spend a half hour there connecting to the wifi internet, or just go there to meet a friend for coffee and cake (the cake is P&B and delish - the coffee, however, is less... More 

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Markdorf, Germany
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 2, 2012

We came here since my girlfriend wanted to see the biggest library in the world. DIdn't expect much than to see a huge building, but they have a great exhibition of some unique documents. A Gutenberg Bible, parts of the Magna Carta, Writings from different composers, Da Vinci Drawings, etc. Definitely worth staying for half an hour or so.

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Macclesfield, United Kingdom
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 2, 2012

In addition to the official/free exhibtion Olympex 2012 with exhibitions of stamps associated with the games inside the British Library there is a small hut in the grounds. If you visit this you can: * get a reasonably priced souvenier (40p for postcard, 60p for stamp) marking the games; * and can hold a 2012 Olympic torch (and ask the... More 

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Copenhagen, Denmark
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 1, 2012

it was the biggest and finest library i have ever been to. i loved it. the place is amazing really. its worth a visit

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