Walked past the library many times in the past, never thought of going in. The interior is epic, beautiful architecture, vaulted ceilings, church- like corridors, packed with historical atmosphere. The main reading room is just stunning and currently houses an exhibition about Anthony Burgess and A Clockwork Orange. You can see rare props from the film, photographs and the authors typewriter amongst other documents. The smaller rooms housing the massive collection of books house smaller exhibitions and explain the history of the library founded in 1898. You can see some ancient egyptian papyrus dating from 250 AD, and also some handwritten letters from Charles Dickens. A wonderful place to visit, there is also an inexpensive cafe/ shop and a free audio guide is available at the front desk. I didnt use it as I just wanted to explore.
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