On Saturday 6th February it’s National Libraries Day, so we thought we’d celebrate by telling you some fun facts from some of Britain’s most impressive libraries…
The British Library is home to over 150 million items, making it the largest library in Britain! We often request books from here as part of our inter-library loans service.
Chetham’s Library in Manchester was founded in 1653 and is the oldest public library in the UK. It is home to over 100,000 books, around two thirds of which were published before 1851!
The London Library was opened in 1841 as an independent library and has inspired many of the UK’s most renowned writers, such as Sir Arthur Conan Doyle. In fact, Dr Watson pays a visit to the Library in the short Sherlock Holmes story The Adventure of the Illustrious Client!
The Bodleian Library in Oxford is the second biggest library in Britain. It is the main research library for the University of Oxford and is home to many of Tolkien’s manuscripts!
And let’s not forget our very own Martial Rose Library! With over 300,000 books, 24/7 opening during term time and a range of online resources, why study anywhere else?
For more information on National Libraries Day or on any of the libraries featured, see below: