The British Library that is situated right in London was our next library adventure. When you come off the tube station, you simply cross the street and walk down an underwhelming passage way, and you step into a courtyard that is filled with people. There is a sculpture of Isaac Newton that take residence off to the left of courtyard and next to it is a cafe and tables set out for patrons. We learned that it u
s a copyright library, that means that anything that is published in the UK, a copy is sent to the library automatically to put in its collection. Which means storing all of these materials is an issue, so as a solution they built underground sections to house them all. As you are walking up to the building, that was deemed ugly by Prince C
harles, you can see you are walking over smoke vents that can be broken open if there is a fire in the lower levels by firemen.
In 1997 there was a mass move of the collection. The British Library was once a piece of The British Museum, but a new building was designed to house just the libraries collection. So in 1997 the collection was transferred across London, this collection included a first edition of the Canterbury Tales, and Shakespeare First Folio, along with many other influential and priceless pieces. Some of this collection is housed in the King’s Library that reaches six stories and takes up a large part of the center of the library and is encased in glass. These books are not cataloged based on author or content, but by the size of the book.