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Explore 14 million books, 920,000 journal and newspaper titles, 58 million patents, 3 million sound recordings, and much more. Find what you need - in the arts and humanities, sciences, or any subject.

The collection includes well over 150 million items, in most known languages
3 million new items are added every year
We have manuscripts, maps, newspapers, magazines, prints and drawings, music scores, and patents
If you see 5 items each day, it would take you over 80,000 years to see the whole of the collection
The world's earliest dated printed book, the Diamond Sutra, is sometimes on display in our exhibition galleries alongside many other treasures
We have on-site space for over 1,200 Readers
Over 16,000 people use the collections each day (on site and online)
Online catalogues, information and exhibitions can be found on this website

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