No self-respecting bibliophile could possibly go to London without visiting the British Library — and I am no exception! Although I don’t think it thrilled the rest of our group as much as it did me, we did make a trip up to the British Library, and it took my breath away.
Of course, the sheer vastness and sleek, modern beauty of such an impressive library would appeal to me under any circumstances, but when I ventured into one of the exhibition rooms and slowly wandered around display case after display case, I could hardly contain myself. After emerging, I immediately sent a text message to my dear friend and fellow book nerd that said, “I just stood for a solid five minutes in front of Charlotte Bronte’s original Jane Eyre manuscript in the British Library. I am overwhelmed.” The exhibit also included Jane Austen’s writing desk (!), original Charles Dickens manuscripts, and William Tyndale’s 1534 English translation of the New Testament. I could barely breathe in that room, overflowing with jaw-dropping literary history.
We grabbed a snack and some coffee at one of the cafes in the library, right next to the six-story glass tower of stacks containing the King’s Library of over 65,000 books and other materials. I could have spent a whole day inside that tower! (If it was open to the public, which sadly, it is not.)
Have you visited the British Library? Tell me what you enjoyed in the comments!