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Old November 25th, 2007, 01:02 PM   #1
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The Never Ending Search for more Library Space



Inside the tomb of tomes

This warehouse is being built to house the books and journals that no one wants. With the British Library's UK collection growing at a rate of 12.5km of shelf space a year, is the notion of the copyright library really sustainable? Stuart Jeffries reports

Saturday November 24, 2007
The Guardian


The Bodleian Library is entitled to receive a
free copy of every item published in the UK.

We used to build cathedrals. Now we build warehouses. One of the most extraordinary examples of our costly new dalliance with warehouse technology is rising on an industrial estate in West Yorkshire. As I drive past Leeds United's training ground and past HM Prison Wealstun, an epic grey corrugated temple looms ominously. It dominates the landscape around Boston Spa, just as Ely Cathedral commands the Fens or as Chartres Cathedral surmounts the countryside for miles around. All it needs is a spire.

The warehouse is extraordinary because, unlike all those monstrous Tesco and Amazon depositories that litter the fringes of the motorways of the Midlands, it is being meticulously constructed to house things that no one wants. When it is complete next year, this warehouse will be state-of-the-art, containing 262 linear kilometres of high-density, fully automated storage in a low-oxygen environment. It will house books, journals and magazines that many of us have forgotten about or have never heard of in the first place.


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Old November 25th, 2007, 01:02 PM   #2
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The British Library is having to build a massive new depository at Boston Spa opening in 2008, to deal with all the low use deposits it has to store by law.

The new depository will house 7 million books, adding to the 3 million already stored at the Boston Spa site.

As a legal deposit library, the BL receives copies of all books produced in the British Isles (UK and Ireland), including all foreign books distributed in the British Isles. It also purchases many items which are only published outside Britain and Ireland. The British Library adds some 3 million items every year, adding to the 150 million items already held by the library.

British Library - Boston Spa near Wetherby in Yorkshire.

Video about the new Depository - http://www.bl.uk/about/annual/2006to...riswebcam.html

http://www.bl.uk/about/annual/2006to2007/



The new Depository will open in 2008 -



Perhaps they should name it the Barbara Cartland Depository

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Old November 25th, 2007, 01:03 PM   #3
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National Archive - Kew - London



Meanwhile the National Archive for England and Wales at Kew (formally the Public Records Office) continues to stack it's low use records in Deep Store's facility at a salt mine in Cheshire.



Deep Store (See Video on this Website) - http://www.deepstore.co.uk/

Wansdyke Underground Storage in Wiltshire - http://www.wansdyke.co.uk/

Artists Impression of the New Oxford University Book Depository which will house over 8 million books.



The Bodleian Library (Oxford University) is also using Deep Store to house 1.5 million volumes until the current dispute over it's planned new Depository is resolved. The latest news is that the Depository has been rejected by Oxford City Council and the University will now have to look at new sites on the Oxford outskirts, in order to build it's state of the art book depository.

The Agency for Legal Deposits - http://www.llgc.org.uk/aldl/

There are Six Legal Deposit Libaries in the UK.

The British Library which receives a mandatory copy of every book published in the UK and Ireland, whilst the following Libraries can request a free copy of every published work (which usually accounts for 80% of published works).

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Bodleian Library, Oxford

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Cambridge University Library

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National Library of Scotland

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Library of Trinity College Dublin

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National Library of Wales

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Whilst the British Library has 13 million books in it's intergrated catalogue and many millions more in storage, the other national libraries also have sizeable collection. The National Library for Wales in Aberystwyth holds 4 million Volumes, Trinity College Dublin Holds a further 4 million, the National Library for Scotland in Edinburgh holds 7 million Volumes and 13 million printed works, whilst the Bodleian Library (Oxford University) and Cambridge University Library hold over 8 million each (The colleges that make up both Oxford and Cambridge University also have their own magnificent Libraries) The largest non-legal deposit libraty is John Rylands in Manchester with 4 million printed books and manuscripts.

Many feel now that increased digitilisation is the way forward, but it's difficult to predict the correct format to use with ever changing electronic storage technology, the CD-Rom is now obsolete, whilst PDF looks promising, however it too could be replaced by something new.

At the moment the British Library must hold a physical copy of every book published, but for how long this can be justified is the subject of much debate.

The Largest Non Legal Deposit Library in the UK - John Rylands Library - Manchester

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The British Museum Reading Room - London

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Couple More Libraries.

The British Library of Political and Economic Science at the London School of Economics is one of the largest libraries in the world specialising in this field, with over 4 million volumes.

LSE Library (The British Library of Political and Economic Science)

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Maughan Library - Kings College - London

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University of London Central Library - Senate House

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Botherton Library - Leeds University

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The Largest 'Public' Reference Library in Europe - Glasgow's Mitchell Library.

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Bristol Cental Library (public)

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Liverpool Central Library (public)

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Manchester Central Library (public)





Hereford Cathedral Chained Library - one of the early English Medieval Chained Libaries





Chetham's Library - Manchester (public)

Chetham's Library was founded in 1653 and is the oldest public library in the English-speaking world.






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The Mackintosh Library at Glasgow School of Art



Couple of Oxbridge College Libraries

Queens College Library - Oxford



Wren Library - Trinity College - Cambridge



Cordington Library - All Souls College - Oxford



Couple of Edinburgh Libraries

Playfair Library - Edinburgh University

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The Signet Library - Edinburgh




Royal College of Physicians Library - Edinburgh

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Temporary Public Library in Cardiff, whilst a new Central Library was being Constructed

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A similar concept in the US - Kansas City Library

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Here is a larger picture of Glasgow's Mitchell Library.

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Here is a larger picture of Glasgow's Mitchell Library.


Cheers great pic and a really beautiful Library
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The British Library has plenty of room to expand, it could build on top of the vast courtyard for a start, if it needed to. The British Library building was built with expansion in mind. There are however no immediate plans to expand the British Library St Pancras Site, although expansion may be neccessary in the future. The library itself was the biggest building constructed in the UK last century, with vast underground storage facilities. The British Library has over 300 kilometers of underground shelf storage space on five underground floor levels, at it's main St Pancras Site.

Boston Spa (the British Libaries Northern Centre) has recently constructed a new respository which will house over 7 million volumes.

The British Libaries future plan include increased digitisation of newpapers, magazines and other works. The closing of Collindale (Newspapers etc), and moving more hard copies to Boston Spa, thus freeing up library space.

http://www.bl.uk/about/annual/2006to...eguarding.html

It was recently announced (4th December 2007) that a £500 million state of the art Medical Research Centre would be built on three and a hal acres of adjacent land to the St Pancras British Library Site. The new Lab will be one of the most prestigous ion the world and will draw on it's location beside UCL and it's hospitals, the new Eurostar Terminal at St Pancras Station and one of the World's Great Libaries in the British Library - More on the project here - http://www.timesonline.co.uk/tol/new...cle3001342.ece



The British Library has recently opened a new building behind the main buildings, which will be a world centre of excellence for book restoration and conservation.




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