The British Library (BL) is the national accumulation of the United Kingdom. The accumulation is one of the world’s largest research libraries, holding over 150 million items in all known languages and formats: books, journals, newspapers, magazines, sound and music recordings, patents, databases, maps, stamps, prints, drawings and such more. Its book assemblage is second only to the American Library of Congress. The Library’s collections include around 14 million books, along with substantial added assemblage of manuscripts and historical items dating back as far as 300 BC.
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As a jural deposit library, the BL receives copies of all books produced in the United Kingdom and the Republic of Ireland, including all foreign books distributed in the UK. It also purchases many items which are only published outside Britain and Ireland. The British Library adds some three million items every year.
The Library is a non-departmental open body sponsored by the Department for Culture, Media and Sport. It is located on the north side of Euston Road in St Pancras, London, between Euston railway send and St Pancras railway station.
British Library, London GPS coordinates:51° 31′ 46″ N, 0° 7′ 37″ W
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