today i learned – tues 18th dec 2018

the british library is a growing nightmare of epic book-proportions

#tdil that the british library adds 12km (almost 8 miles) of shelves every single year! ๐Ÿ˜ฑ

how nuts is that?! thatโ€™s a whole lot of shelves ๐Ÿ™ˆ i wonder if they have a department that constantly goes to ikea? ๐Ÿ˜‚

wondering why the british library is so obsessed with adding shelves? well, they receive a copy of every single book that is published in the uk and ireland ๐Ÿ˜ณ thatโ€™s nearly 3,000,000 books a year!

due to the amount of books that they collect ๐Ÿ“š they now have over 150 million books on their archives … some things date back to over 3000 years ago!

whatโ€™s really cool about the collection is that itโ€™s nearly all accessible to mere mortals like us ๐Ÿ‘๐Ÿป well, kinda. people can access certain parts of the collection for just 30 minutes if theyโ€™re looking for a particular piece of info … you also arenโ€™t allowed to turn the pages of the really old stuff! someone has to do it for you #fairenough

itโ€™s basically a really cool and stupendously extensive library ๐Ÿ™Œ๐Ÿป further to the many books, they also have all sorts of other stuff like stamps, music, old audio recordings … the list goes on!

i think i may have to visit the british library next time iโ€™m in town … it sounds really cool ๐Ÿค“

laters โœŒ๐Ÿป #tdil


how darn cool is that?! fancy learning some more random facts like this? just go ->here<- ๐Ÿ˜ฌ

(pictures! the header is ->here<- and the other is ->here<-)

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