I'm an avid reader and I do like history too so I'm not sure why I had never been here before. I found myself in the area over the weekend and thought I'd take a look.
There is not much here for tourists and as most of the reading rooms require a pass and are just that - reading rooms (it is a library, after all). But the building is quite impressive and walking around does give you a sense of calm and serenity. There were also some interesting free temporary exhibitions dotted around such as 'Windrush' and one about Maori people living in the UK.
Aside from that the big draw is of course the Treasures Room where you can find historical documents such as the Magna Carta, as well as Shakespeare's first folio and even some Monty Python writings! I also stumbled upon the enigma machine, stationed in a quite corridor next to the Alan Turing Room.
There are paid exhibitions to be seen as well and a cafe and restaurant but I don't know if they are any good.
I imagine if you are a student or a journalist this place would be a godsend. As a tourist or visitor it is an interesting way to spend an hour or 2, away from the hustle and bustle of Kings Cross.
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