The British Library: the cost is counted

Alan Day (Editor and compiler of Walford’s Guide to Reference Materials)

Library Review

ISSN: 0024-2535

Publication date: 1 December 1996


Relates the story of public indignation at the British Library’s attempt to secure lottery funds for an extension to the St Pancras building. Follows the Library’s struggle to maintain services in the light of the Government’s 1996‐97 funding levels. Examines in detail the National Audit Office’s (NAO) Progress in Completing the New British Library. Investigates how the cost of St Pancras escalated to £496 million. Summarizes press reaction to the NAO report. The British Library at no time had any management or contractual responsibility for the construction of its new building.



Day, A. (1996), "The British Library: the cost is counted", Library Review, Vol. 45 No. 8, pp. 6-16.

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Copyright © 1996, MCB UP Limited

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