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British Library

The British Library is the national library of the United Kingdom and the most extensive library in the world. 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. The British Library holds over 170 million items from many countries.

The Library’s collections include substantial holdings of manuscripts and historical items dating back as far as 2000 BC. Before 1973, the Library was part of the British Museum. The Library is now located in a purpose-built building on Euston Road in St Pancras, London.

Exhibits of the British Library

  • Devimahatmya, Bhaktapur, Nepal
  • Kirkstall Abbey, Yorkshire by Charles Alban Buckler
  • Suttee by James Atkinson
  • Squirrel and Common Palm Civet – History of Sumatra (1784-1808)

British Library

  • Name:                 British Library
  • City:                     London
  • Country:             United Kingdom
  • Established:      1973
  • Location:            Euston Road, London, United Kingdom

Library Quotes

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“The only thing that you absolutely have to know, is the location of the library.”
– Albert Einstein

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“Your library is your paradise.”
– Erasmus

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“I’m really a library man or second-hand bookman.”
– John le Carre

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“An original idea. That can’t be too hard. The library must be full of them.”
– Stephen Fry

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“When a man wants to write a book full of unassailable facts, he always goes to the British Museum.”
– Anthony Trollope

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“I have always imagined that Paradise will be a kind of library.”
– Jorge Luis Borges

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“We may sit in our library and yet be in all quarters of the earth.”
– John Lubbock

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“I ransack public libraries and find them full of sunk treasure.”
– Virginia Woolf

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“Second-hand books are wild books, homeless books;
they have come together in vast flocks of variegated feather,
and have a charm which the domesticated volumes of the library lack.”
– Virginia Woolf

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“People can lose their lives in libraries. They ought to be warned.”
– Saul Bellow

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“A library is a place where you can lose your innocence without losing your virginity.”
– Germaine Greer

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“When I have a house of my own, I shall be miserable if I have not an excellent library.”
– Jane Austen, Pride and Prejudice

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“When in doubt go to the library.”
– J.K. Rowling

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Explore Quotes

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“How often have I said that when you have excluded the impossible whatever remains,
however improbable, must be the truth.”

– Sherlock Holmes

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Photo Credit: JOM

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