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The British Library

Thorpe Arch Park, Wetherby LS23 7BQ, England
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Ranked #7 of 13 Attractions in Wetherby
Type: Libraries
Most recent review
- Oct 16, 2013
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Olathe, Kansas
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44 reviews 44 reviews
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 16, 2013

Book lovers will relish a visit to the British Library. I was in London in 1970 and toured the British Museum, I remember being awe-struck by the Magna Carta, the Lindisfarne Gospels, illuminated manuscripts, et al. When we toured the British Museum this October 2013, I searched for these treasures and couldn't locate them. I finally asked and was told... More

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Sydney, Australia
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 24, 2013

If you love books you can't miss it. Go to the 2nd level permanent exhibition "treasures of the British Library" the Magna Carta , DeVinci's work book ,Jane Austins writting desk the Original of Handals wedding march and the list goes on. You can hit most of the hi-lights in an hour , but could easily spend 6 here. Don't... More

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Pontefract, United Kingdom
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 16, 2012

Wonderful visit and should be on everyones "things to do list".The guided tour was a revelation and I will certainly be going back soon.

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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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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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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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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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Ottawa, Canada
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed February 10, 2012 via mobile

I travelled to London from Canada specifically to see this exhibit and I wasn't disappointed for my journey. The shear number and quality of manuscripts was superb. Ordered historically, the progression of the animus, portrait and gilding pieces was an excellent reflection on the techniques and artistry, but it was also a lesson in the history of royalty and religion.... More

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4 of 5 stars Reviewed November 23, 2011

This establishment does provide an invaluable service of storage and retrieval of documents, thesis, journals, in fact anything published in Britian, including newspapers. It should be an amazing experience to view the place and see the low oxygen robot accessed storage spaces and library operations. There are thousands of miles of books. millions of pages of print. Endless information. But... More

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