The Maughan Library () is the main university research library of King's College London, forming part of the Strand Campus. A 19th-century neo-Gothic building located on Chancery Lane in the City of London, it was formerly the home to the headquarters of the Public Record Office, known as the "strong-box of the Empire", and was acquired by the university in 2001. Following a £35m renovation designed by Gaunt Francis Architects, the Maughan is the largest new university library in the United Kingdom since World War II.With our online itinerary creator, London attractions like Maughan Library can be center stage of your vacation plans, and you can find out about other attractions like it, unlike it, near it, and miles away.
Designed by Sir James Pennethorne and constructed in 1851, with further extensions made between 1868 and 1900, it is a Grade II* listed building. Inside the library is a dodecagonal reading room, inspired by that of the British Museum, and a former medieval chapel, now an exhibition space showcasing the special collections of the library. The library was named in honour of Sir Deryck Maughan, an alumnus of the university.
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This is the former public records office, dating from 1856, and now the library of the esteemed educational institution King's College London. It was open to the public during Open House Weekend... more »
I am fortunate enough to be a student at King's College at the moment and have access to this beautiful building. The Reading Room is an incredible and intimidating space but I believe the Harry... more »
Beautiful building in central London. Even if you’re not a student or an alumni, there is a small courtyard which is accessible to the public that can be a nice quiet place to sit away from the hustle and bustle of London traffic.
A privilege to study for 3 years in such a wonderful building that has been retrofitted up to the standards of a modern library. More water fountains that are more strategically placed would help though.
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