by Sarah Parramore, Head Editor, INALJ Middle East/Arabian Gulf
Spotlight on Libraries – London
What is it? The British Library
Where is it? 96 Euston Road, London, England
Why should you visit? Got some spare time? This library holds over 150 million items, and according to their website, would take you well over 80,000 years to view it all! It houses three permanent galleries, one of which contains the Magna Carta, handwritten Beatles lyrics, and Leonardo da Vinci’s Notebook, just to name a few. It also holds revolving exhibitions—currently Propaganda: Power and Persuasion is not to be missed and will end on 17 September, so catch it if you can. Upcoming is one called Children’s Illustrated Classics running from 4 October to 26 January, so if you find yourself in the area, be sure to stop in. The gift shop on site is fantastic, and I felt like a kid in a candy store as it held everything from prints of the exhibitions to books to Beatles coasters.
And if none of that interests you, just look at all those books.