The British library is the world’s largest library in terms of the number of items it holds. Over 150,000,000 items from all over the world in all kinds of formats are housed. The library was originally a department of the British Museum, occupying the British Museum Reading Room. It legally separated in 1973, and by 1997 it moved to its current purpose-built building at St Pancras.
The collection includes the Lindisfarne Gospels, Shakespeare’s first Folio, Handel’s Messiah, the Gutenberg Bible, drafts of the Magna Carta and the Beatles’ manuscripts.