The British Library--page 1 (of two pages)

Sir Colin St. John Wilson and Partners (including M. J. Long)
1974-98





The British Library is Great Britain's national library. The national library was formerly located in the British Museum; the relocation to this new structure on this site has a long history of more than thirty years. The building has five and a half basement levels and nine levels above ground. It holds about 50 million items (books, manuscripts, maps, etc.).

The main entrance from Euston Road

Paolozzi's statue of Newton is seen beyond the portico.
 

Left: looking from the library back to the main entrance portico across the large plaza; center and right; distant views across the plaza toward the library entrance

 

Views of the main entrance

 

Views of the main entrance

The humanities section of the library is to the west (left) and the science section to the north (right). At the intersection of the two wings a six-story gray-glass enclosed vault houses the King's Library (George III's 60,000 volume collection given to the nation by his son George IV in 1823).


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