Public Libraries

London has more than 800 bookshops and over 380 public libraries including the British Library, which holds the Magna Carta.

UK Libraries in London

A third of all the UK’s archives are in London, including the National Archives which dates back to the 11th century and preserves William the Conqueror’s Domesday survey.

British Library visitors

The British Library is amongst the most popular libraries in the world with almost 1,7 million visitors per year. This library has a collection of over 150 million items, many of them unique.