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Friday, December 04, 2009

British Library's new £26 million storage facility in Yorkshire – the most advanced in the world

The world's most advanced library storage facility has been officially opened at the British Library's Boston Spa site in West Yorkshire. The Additional Storage Building (ASB) combines a range of cutting-edge technologies to offer 262 kilometres of temperature- and humidity-controlled storage space, and will eventually house approximately 7 million items from the UK national collection. The building was opened by the Minister for Yorkshire and The Humber, Rosie Winterton MP, who welcomed the development of this world-leading facility on the Boston Spa site, near Wetherby, where the British Library has operated its document supply activities for over forty years: Ms Winterton said: "I am very pleased to be opening this new £26million building. This is an exciting development for the British Library and I am delighted that the site at Boston Spa has been chosen as the location for such a nationally significant facility"

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