Readers of the World, Unite!

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Image via www.travelandleisure.com.

Oh, for the love of books, this is (by far) the largest library in the world! I have not been to the library before but judging by the photos of it published online, it has to the largest in the world.

This is definitely a bookworm’s paradise! A grand location where readers all over the world can come to unite with the same passion.

Travel and Leisure presents to you… The British Library in London!

Here are the highlights of the library, for those who are planning, keen and interested to visit the heavenly place!

  • Established in 1973 as a result of the British Library Act
  • Largest public building constructed in the UK in the 20th century
  • Largest library in the world defined by the number of items catalogued
  • Home to the Diamond Sutra, the world’s earliest dated printed book
  • Includes other works of art, such as the Magna Cart and lyrics handwritten by the Beatles
  • Attracts over 1.75 million visitors per year, with enough room to accommodate more than 1,200 readers and 625 kilometres of bookshelves
  • Over 170 million books, manuscripts, journals, newspapers, magazines, sound and music recordings, and drawings
  • If visitors were to see 5 items every day, it would take up to 80,000 years to see the entire collection
  • Old manuscripts on display include Beowulf, Canterbury Tales,Jane Eyre, Alice’s Adventures Under Ground, and Just So Stories—to name a few.

Source: Travel and Leisure.

So, what are you waiting for? Those who can and are able to visit the library, please do so and let me know how it went and how you felt when you entered the sacred shrine of books!

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