Since its 1998 opening, the new British Library has won acclamation from visitors and users alike. The 325km of underground shelving can hold up to 12 million books. The library also houses a dramatic glass cube containing the 65,000 volumes of George Ill’s King’s Library, and a stunning display of books, manuscripts, and artifacts, from the 2nd-century Unknown Gospel to Joyce’s handwritten draft of Finnegan’s Wake. (96 Euston Rd. 7412 7332. Tube: King’s Cross. Open M and W-F 9:30am-6pm, Tu 9:30am-8pm, Sa 9:30am-5pm, Su llam-5pm. Free. Tours M, W, and F3pm; Sa 3pm and 10:30am. £5, students and seniors £3.50. Tours Tu 6:30pm, Su 11:30am and 3pm. £6, students £4.50. Reservations recommended.)
BRITISH LIBRARY Photo Gallery
Hall, Russell and Sons Ltd manufactured the machinery. The vessel had one deck and water ballast. After she was completed, the boat was immediately requisitioned and converted to Admiralty Minesweeper No. 3322 and armed with one six-pounder AA gun. Later she was converted to an Armed Escort Vessel and in 1919 returned to the owners, R.