British Library (Biographical details)

British Library (institution/organisation; British; 1973 onwards)

Also known as

British Library


96 Euston Road, London NW1 2DB (1998-).


The British Library was formed in 1973 by amalgamating several institutions, including the National Lending Library at Boston Spa, with the three existing British Museum library departments - the Department of Printed Books, the Department of Manuscripts and the Department of Oriental Manuscripts & Printed Books (the Map Library and the Music Library were sub-sections of the first). The term "British Library" is used in BM catalogue records where objects were transferred at some time from one of the BM library departments to a department which remained in the British Museum, even though at the time of transfer the BL did not yet exist.
Founding of the British Museum's Department of Printed Books (1753); Patent Office Library opened (1855); Reading Room opened (1857); The British Library Act (1972); British Library established (1973); National Central Library and National Lending Library for Science and Technology amalgamated as the British Library Lending Division (1973); British National Bibliography and the Office of Scientific and Technical Information absorbed (1974); India Office Library and Records transferred from the Foreign and Commonwealth Office to the British Library (1982); British Institute of Recorded Sound taken over (later National Sound Archive) (1983); British Library opened on Euston Road (1998).

P.R.Harris, 'The Library of the British Museum'
'Libraries within the Library: the origins of the BL's printed collections'' ed. Giles Mandelbrote aand Barry Taylor, 2009