British Library: Behind the books (18 images)
Libraries are undergoing a quiet revolution. Once solely the domain of the analogue (printed) book, they must now also archive the digital word. Yet their dual purpose remains; they must both protect and preserve the information and knowledge that they contain whilst simultaneously enabling access to it. These photographs of the British Library, one of the world's largest libraries, look at this contradiction by examining the institution's infrastructure. The precisely ordered plant rooms,...