‘The Origin of the British Museum Library’

Posted on February 9th, 2013 by The British Newspaper Archive

Newspaper article from January 1900 reporting on the origins of the British Museum Library – to celebrate National Libraries Day 2013

‘Thought in cold storage’ – we’ve always loved Herbert Samuel’s pithy (yet profound) definition of what a library is.

To celebrate National Libraries Day 2013, we’ve posted below a story about the origins of the British Museum Library, which later evolved into the marvel that is the British Library.

In particular, we love the description of the ‘absolute stillness’ of the reading room. Hmm, ‘absolute stillness’…sic transit gloria mundi!

historical newspaper story from 1900 about the origins of the british library

York Herald – Saturday 13 January 1900

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http://www.britishnewspaperarchive.co.uk/viewer/bl/0000500/19000113/187/0013

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