I have wanted to have a look at the British Library, in its new building for quite a long time. It was opened in 1998 and the architecture of it is resolutely modern, and has been much criticised.
The yard and the entrance to the BL
In fact, I thought it did fit reasonably well in the neighbourhood, considering it’s almost next to Saint Pancras station.
Saint Pancras, seen from the British Library yard
The courtyard has places where people can sit, read, have lunch or simply enjoy the sunshine.
Reading in the courtyard
It features this bronze statue of Isaac Newton
Isaac Newton by Eduardo Paolozzi
The inside is spacious and attractive. This photo cannot do justice to the huge glass structure which shelters thousands of books.
A row of laptops along the glass structure sheltering books
There are people studying all over the place, of course
School-children at work
But what I most enjoyed, I cannot show you as photography was not allowed, was the Sir John Ritblat Gallery, featuring the Treasures of the British Library, from sacred books to Pinter’s manuscripts, with manuscripts by Jane Austen. Do click on the Link and have a virtual visit. It’s well worth it.