The British Library has a permanent free exhibition of its treasures, which include a copy of the Magna Carta as well as Jane Austen's tiny writing desk. Right in the heart of the library is a six-story, 56-foot glass-walled tower housing the library of George VI and his father, George V. Sit and look at these beautiful books (and sometimes at scholars searching for the right volume behind the glass walls). The British Library receives a copy of every publication in Britain. So far there are 14 million books, which you can see from the viewing gallery. It's free, but you must reserve. Also free are tours of the conservation studios, which also require a reservation.
The British Library Board
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