I went to the British Library for the first time today and I was simply blown away by the amount of materials I was able to access in one place at one time. I went to the Rare Book and Music room and viewed about twenty editions of Shakespeare’s works, mostly pre-1850. I cannot believe that this is a free public library and a veritable construct of reading space. On their website it said something to the effect of the British Library building near St. Pancras in London being the biggest building built in the UK in the 20th century. Absolutely incredible.
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