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Time Out says

A copy of every publication produced in the UK and Ireland is sent to The British Library – an institute that has amassed a collection of more than 150 million items and adds some 3 million new items each year. The public can apply for access to the reading rooms, or simply explore the permanent and temporary exhibits in the John Ritblat Gallery. Here, some of the most famous written and printed items in the world are displayed, and you might see the Lindisfarne Gospels, Shakespeare’s first Folio, Handel’s Messiah, the Gutenberg Bible, drafts of the Magna Carta and the Beatles’ manuscripts.

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Euston Rd
Tube: King’s Cross/Euston Rail: St Pancras International/King’s Cross/Euston
Free (permanent collection); admission charge applies for some temporary exhibitions
Opening hours:
Mon-Thu 9.30am-8pm; Fri 9.30am-6pm; Sat 9.30am-5pm; Sun 11am-5pm
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Fantasy: Realms of Imagination

Fantasy: Realms of Imagination is a showcasing the history of how these fantastical imaginations of magical lands, languages and creatures have been materialised. The traditions of the genre, and the journey from fairy tales to Studio Ghibli will be explored, you'll discover how the historic literature continues to inspire modern writers.  Pay what you can days are happening on December 8 and 21, and January 2 and 21. 

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