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23rd February 2014

Martyn Lunn from the British Library in Boston Spa will give the the next talk to Ripon Civic Society, on Thursday 6 March.

The illustrated talk by Mr Lunn, the British Library’s Business Change and Development Manager, is entitled ‘The British Library: Past, Present and Future’. He will cover the British Library’s history, services and future developments.

The Library, with its modern building in London’s St Pancras area, and its Boston Spa location, includes more than 150 million items, with 3 million new items are added every year. There are more than 625 kilometers of shelves, with an extra 12 kilometers required a year. The Boston Spa site, originally an ordnance factory, now houses the British Library’s interlibrary loan collection, with more than 100 kilometers of shelving.

David Winpenny, Chairman of Ripon Civic Society, says, ‘The British Library is one of the country’s great treasures, and its services are accessible to everyone either in person or through their own library. Martyn’s talk will give an insight into how the Library came into existence, how it functions and how it is facing the challenges of new media. It is sure to prove a fascinating evening.’

Everyone is welcome to the talk, which takes place at 7.30 pm on Thursday 6 March at Allhallowgate Methodist Church Hall, Victoria Grove, Ripon. There is a charge of £3.00 for anyone who is not a Civic Society member.

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