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Formerly situated in the British Museum’s circular Reading Room, the UK’s national library recently moved to its newly built home at St Pancras. At its completion, the red brick mammoth was the UK’s most expensive building, costing roughly £500 million " and it wasn’t particularly loved by the public, either. But, despite its brutalist looks, the British Library does a phenomenal job at protecting and celebrating the UK’s literary heritage. Along with the 14 million books in its collection, the library holds a wide variety of items from music recordings and maps, to historical artefacts dating back to 2000 BC. Visitors are not allowed access to the library’s materials, but a peek into the impressive space, as well as the library’s carefully curated exhibitions, is well worth a visit.
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