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Interior View, British Library
Paul Grundy. paul@paulgrundy.com, Photo: British Library

Interior View, British Library

Interior View, British Library
Reading Room, British Library
copyright: Paul Grundy, Photo: British Library

Reading Room, British Library

Reading Room, British Library
Interior View, British Library
Paul Grundy. paul@paulgrundy.com, Photo: British Library

Interior View, British Library

Interior View, British Library
The British Library is the national library of the United Kingdom and the largest library in the world by number of items catalogued. It holds well over 170 million items from many countries. As a legal deposit library, the British Library receives copies of all books produced in the United Kingdom and Ireland, including a significant proportion of overseas titles distributed in the UK. It is a major research library, with items 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. In addition to receiving a copy of every publication produced in the UK and Ireland (approximately 8,000 per day), the Library has a programme for content acquisitions. The Library adds some three million items every year occupying 9.6 kilometres (6.0 mi) of new shelf space.

Collection Highlights


Phulban
Biblia Latina, 42 lines
The Diamond Sutra
Beowulf

John James Audubon

Audubon's The Birds of America – double elephant folio
British Library: Collection Highlights
Phulban, 17th century
manuscript , Illuminated manuscript
Held by British Library
Biblia Latina, 42 lines, c. 1455
Book
Held by British Library
The Diamond Sutra, 868 AD
ink on paper
Held by British Library. © British Library
Beowulf, c.11th century
manuscript , Illuminated manuscript
Held by British Library

John James Audubon

Audubon's The Birds of America – double elephant folio, 1827-38
book
Held by British Library. © British Library

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