British culture is often centered on majesty and grandeur which is usually personified in the architecture in the United Kingdom. The British Library, located in London is one of the United Kingdom’s modern landmark buildings. Opened in the 1990’s, the building is a palace of knowledge housing millions of texts, documents, magazines and research material. The building has been designed in a manner that best preserves its items, as well as simplifies the process in the path to gaining knowledge. For the purpose of preservation the library uses some of the best methods and technology. Other than knowledge through books the library also provides knowledge through interesting exhibitions, events and tours aimed at both adults and children.
The library houses both permanent exhibitions as well as those that are on view only for short durations, all which are of great public interest. Among the libraries permanent exhibits is a collection of some of the world’s greatest stamps, and for history enthusiasts the Sir John Ritbalt Gallery is a must visit where ancient and sacred texts of immense value are on display including several editions of the Magna Carta and some of Shakespeare’s works. Among the events that the library hosts are book readings and discussions both for adults and children that will provide an interesting experience. Some popular tours that visitors can participate in are tours of the viewing galleries, those explaining the conservation procedure of some of these ancient documents, and tours of the library and its history in general.
The library is of great value to scholars and researchers too as it houses some of the best material available across the world in its several reading rooms that accommodate many kilometers worth of shelves of books and documents. Its reading room for case studies and documents is said to be the best in the world and would be a haven for those in pursuit of knowledge. The library also has its own restaurant, café and espresso bar for visitors to enjoy, making it an all round great experience.
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