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Address: Thorpe Arch Park, Wetherby LS23 7BQ, England
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Library keeping up with the times!

This is such a fascinating place to visit! Our guided tour took us to view the automated book retrieval system which is robot driven and continuously on the move then onto digital... read more

5 of 5 starsReviewed December 11, 2015
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Harrogate, United Kingdom
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Harrogate, United Kingdom
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27 reviews
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed December 11, 2015

This is such a fascinating place to visit! Our guided tour took us to view the automated book retrieval system which is robot driven and continuously on the move then onto digital document scanning. There is a café on site which I did not visit. You will need to book in advance for any tours as security is quite tight.... More 

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Thank Nixi64
Vancouver, Canada
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 28 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 22, 2015

A stunning entry into the key elements of the British concept of justice! The story of a King sowing the seeds of his own destruction, deceit with Pope Innocent III, and the inevitable show down with local nobility, with a further twist. Then all the documents for the eye to see. The original agreement between the King and nobles, two... More 

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Tadcaster, United Kingdom
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 21, 2015

The restaurant at The British Library caters for both staff and visitors with a range of home made soups and other dishes, prices and portions are reasonable

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1 Thank Robin B
Dunwoody, Georgia, United States
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 16, 2015

We had a treat as Americans visiting London this past month. On display at the British Library were 3 of the 4 remaining Magna Cartas AND an original copy of the Declaration of Independence and Bill of Rights! SO amazing to see

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Thank Stephanie H
Sheffield, United Kingdom
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed January 9, 2015

Several reviewers made a mistake but this is not the magnificent one in London, but a smaller one in West Yorkshire. I went to Boston Spa BL to read some books. They have books in "document supply" in BL catalogue, if I remember correctly. The buildings were new, quiet and comfortable. The canteen doesn't look so fabulous but super-cheap. Lunch... More 

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Thank ayu_sweetfish
Leeds, United Kingdom
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 27 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed November 8, 2014

The reading room is a great place for some quiet study, even if you don't need the book delivery service. I accessed academic papers here which would have cost more via my University library. The restaurant is also extremely well priced for a quick lunch, but it is utility rather than a fancy place.

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Thank John P
Leeds, United Kingdom
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 7, 2012

Went with the local Civic society, we were welcomed with open arms. Shown all around this fantastic establishment, warts & all, just fantastic. The system that they operate is "out of this world" - tel call requesting a book, seconds later the item is on it's way. Unbelievable.. Thankyou for a terrific day out.

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Thank Mal167
Hampstead
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 12, 2012

Try to find time to see the literary works at this library such as the original Canterbury Tales. Easy walk from the metro station to the library. Also a cute area for a bite to eat, sidewalk cafe's etc.

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2 Thank James Z
York
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 10, 2012

This is a great service, thousands of books, thousands of articles, there is nothing better than this place.

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Thank BobHarrington
Leeds, United Kingdom
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 6, 2012

Visit on a pre-arranged guided tour of the British Library reading room, storage and repoduction facilities in Yorkshire for sixty WEA (Workers' Education Association) family history students. One of six places of Legal Deposit and shortly to be home to the National Newspaper Collections when moved from Colindale. Behind the scenes tour - amazing to see the effect of digital... More 

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