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British Library


Colin St John Wilson & Associates, 1998

96 Euston Road, NW1 2DB

Highly acclaimed building of red brick with colourful window details and roof, the British Library is the ultimate in post-modernity. The design follows the English Free Style of architecture. RIBA Award Winner.

Getting there


Euston, King's Cross St. Pancras


King's Cross, Euston


10, 30, 73, 91



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The British Library is the national library of the United Kingdom and is one of the largest libraries in the world. It is estimated to contain between 170 and 200 million items from many countries.


The new library was designed specially for the purpose by the architect Colin St John Wilson in collaboration with his wife MJ Long, who came up with the plan that was subsequently developed and built. Facing Euston Road is a large piazza that includes pieces of public art, such as large sculptures by Eduardo Paolozzi (a bronze statue based on William Blake's study of Isaac Newton) and Antony Gormley. It is the largest public building constructed in the United Kingdom in the 20th century.

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