British Library to unveil £33m newspaper reading room

“Dismissed by some as tomorrow’s chip paper but indispensable to others as a first draft of history, nearly 400 years of newspapers will be available for perusal on Monday in the British Library’s new £33m reading room. The Newsroom, offering more than 750m pages of newspapers and magazines and 4.8m archived websites, will be officially opened by the culture secretary, Sajid Javid. A hi-tech reading room, the first at the British Library in St Pancras for more than 10 years, offers researchers free access to microfilm and digital newspaper collections dating back to the English civil war. Together with a purpose-built robotic storage facility in Boston Spa, West Yorkshire, it replaces the Colindale newspaper library in north London, which closed last November.” (via The Guardian)

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