Our friend Fatma just came from England and Scotland. She was kind enough to write to us about her experience in visiting the British Library:
I really enjoyed being there in on of the great libraries of the world and the national library of the UK. when i entered the main gate i was amazed by the great building, design, and the whole atmosphere. It was crowded with people reading in the reading rooms and corridors.. the information desk was like a reception desk in 5 star hotel..you will feel proud of your self studying libraries and how important your
study is. i was dreaming that i can work there… they organize tours to guide you in the library but i couldnt join them, so i explored the building myself. the BL is spread over six levels. it includes
– Reading rooms (Asian & African studies, humanities, maps, manuscripts, rare books & music, science, social sciences)
– Business and IP centre
– Conference center
– Exhibitions and Galleries
– Facilities (Cafe, cash point, locker rooms, restaurant, shop, telephones, learning center, cloakroom, meeting point)
Since they are the national library of Uk, they preserve the nation’s collection of books, newspaper, maps, manuscripts, prints and drawings, photographs, patents, stamps, and much more. they have duty to care for and preserve the national collection. By law, the library must keep a copy of everything published in the UK in various formats-not just books. however, you have to register for a Reader Pass to enter the reading rooms. Most items in the library’s collections are kept in storage and have to be identified and requested using the online catalog. Only general references works and current science and business collections are available on open shelves in the reading rooms. Delivery of items from storage areas to reading rooms normally takes between 70 and 48 hours.
Thank you Fatma for sharing your visit with us.