The British Library has extensive collections of poetry in many of the languages of the world and from all periods up to the present time. Its holdings of British poetry are second to none: books, magazines, newspapers, manuscripts, online texts and sound recordings make it the greatest collection of its kind in the world. The literary criticism that supports the interpretation of poetry is also well represented, and the Library has an exceptional collection of foreign language poetry in English translation. Extremely rare poetry books and manuscripts are displayed in the Exhibition Galleries, open to all, the Library hosts occasional poetry events, and the Bookshop sells a selection of poetry books.
W. B. Yeats and T. S. Eliot used to visit what became the British Library and at its new state-of-the art building the Library continues as a priceless resource for contemporary poets and poetry researchers.
More details on the poetry collections are given at www.bl.uk/collections/wider/poet.html
Information about obtaining a reader's pass is given at www.bl.uk/services/reading/admissions.html
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