LONDON | Libraries aren’t the first thing that come to mind when visiting a city, but The British Library provides a lot of reasons to take a look. It’s home to the free Sir John Ritblat Gallery: Treasures of the British Library, where you can see some amazing things, including Magna Carta, Beowulf, Captain Cook’s journal, Jane Austen’s History of England, Charlotte Brontë’s Jane Eyre, Shakespeare’s First Folio, Lewis Carroll’s manuscripts of Alice’s Adventures Under Ground, Beatles lyrics handwritten by John Lennon, and drawings on pages from Leonardo’s Da Vinci’s Notebook. And that’s just a few of the things that are available to see.
Each year, several interesting temporary exhibits are run – October will see a new Harry Potter exhibit open which will take guests through a collection of wizardry books and Medieval manuscripts, as well as manuscripts and original materials from J.K. Rowling’s archives.
The majority of the library’s print and audio collection is only available to view (in the library’s reading room) by those with a permanent address and a need to carry out research, however the library’s database can be searched online.
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