It is difficult to describe the feeling that you experience when entering a room full of books. The library makes us feel small, but powerful, as if the whole world is thrown at our feet. Regardless of whether you come here to study, work or just enjoy the silence, a visit to the library always brings pleasure. Look for your local libraries or visit the recommended ones.
London's most beautiful libraries
Here is the largest collection of books, periodicals, magazines and sound recordings in the world. The British library is really impressive. It is huge: it has 11 reading rooms and a magnificent King's Library Tower (where the royal collection of George III is stored). Visit the Sir John Ritblat Treasures Gallery on the first floor to see some of the rarest exhibits of the library fund, such as the Magna Carta, the manuscript of Leonardo da Vinci and a copy of the manuscript of Alice in Wonderland.
96 Euston Road, NW1
BFI Southbank Library.
Fans of films will like the BFI Reuben Library in Southbank. It holds a huge collection of film materials. The library is available for free use and is open from Thursday to Saturday. And the events, which are held here all year round, will allow you to relax from reading about films and just listen about them.
Belvedere Road, SE1
Library of the Senate House.
This library, formerly known as the University of London Library, is located in Senate House and occupies the fourth - eighth floors of the building (although only floors four - seven are open for visits). During the Second World War, this building housed the Ministry of Information. It is believed that it became the prototype of the Ministry of Truth in Orwell's novel "1984". A leather sofa in the reading room is ideal for gatherings with a book.
Malet Street, WC1E
The Morgan Library.
Probably one of the most beautiful libraries in the world is located in Kings College. It regularly appears in films and appeared in the film "Da Vinci Code." It is not difficult to guess why. The reading room offers three open floors of books under the glass dome of the atrium. Sit at one of the tables and experience dizziness from the huge number of volumes around you. The bad news is that, as a university, this library is available only to university employees and students. But do not miss the chance to see it with your own eyes during the week of Open House London.
King's College London, WC2A
National Poetry Library in the Southbank Center.
Funded by the Arts Council England, this library is not the largest in the district, but this does not mean that it is ugly. Small and colorful, it stores a complete collection of British poetry from 1912. Unlike many libraries in this list, it is allowed to take books with you.
Belvedere Road, SE1
The Bethnal Green library took its place on this list thanks to its history. Most of the year 2015, the storage was closed for repairs. This building first opened as a library in 1922, and before it was part of the old Bethnal House Asylum. Our favorite place for gatherings is behind one of the few tables hidden behind the bookshelves.
Cambridge Heath Road, E2
Wellcome Library deserves attention not only as the main source of information about the history of medicine. Here is an excellent, recently renovated reading room. We were lucky to see it at the construction stage, and this was impressive. But the end result exceeded all expectations. Take your books and bed in this library - a gallery - a place for meetings. In addition to hundreds of books, visitors can also enjoy a dozen sculptures, works of art and medical artifacts.
183 Euston Road, NW1
Book lovers, who have not visited the London library, cannot find and excuse, since it offers an open membership policy. Even the toilets in this building with millions of volumes were decorated in collaboration with the famous artist Martin Creed. The colossal 27 kilometers of bookshelves, known as Bookstacks, offer a wonderful opportunity to "get lost in books". Large windows make this place ideal for working and studying. Visit the stunning reading room of the Victorian era, located in the center of the library.
14 St James's Square, SW1Y
National Art Library.
It specializes in materials on fine arts and design. Visitors can find here information about painting, textiles, furniture, fashion and sculpture. This library impresses you as soon as you enter the building. In front of you there is a reading room with tables of dark wood and floor-to-ceiling windows overlooking John Madejski Garden. This place is grandiose, beautiful and, moreover, open for visiting.
Cromwell Road, SW7