£33m Monument to Newspapers Opens at British Library Today

By Gary Cutlack on at

The British Library's new reading room is now open for business at the St Pancras building, with the Newsroom opening up access to the library's full archive of papers. A staggering 750m pages from papers and magazines are contained inside, along with 4.8m pages from web sites.

Combining physical papers with microfilm and digitised pages, the archive contains papers dating back to the 1700s, so there's every chance the collection may contain one or two funny cartoons. And if a paper hasn't yet been scanned, a robotic helper at the remote storage facility in Boston Spa can retrieve it and have it brought down within 48 hours. [Guardian]