The interior of the British Library

The interior of the British Library

A view of the statue outside the British Library

A view of the statue outside the British Library

Bookshelves within the British Library

Bookshelves within the British Library

Detail map of Washington, District of Columbia, United States,London, England, United Kingdom

A: Washington, District of Columbia, United States, B: London, England, United Kingdom

Maybe the British Library is the World's Largest Physical Library

12/2005
<p>The exterior of the British Library</p>

The exterior of the British Library

The British Library with about 150,000,000 physical items on 625km of shelves might have been the world's largest physical library in 2005, though the U.S. Library of Congress also made this claim. The British Library added about 3,000,000 physical items per year, which occupied about 12km of new shelving. At the end of 2005 the Library of Congress held about 130,000,000 physical items and had more than 8,000,000 digital items online.

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