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We receive a copy of every publication produced in the UK and Ireland.
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.
The Sound Archive keeps sound recordings from 19th-century cylinders to CD, DVD and MD recordings.
We house 8 million stamps and other philatelic items.
All this requires over 625 km of shelves, and grows by 12 km every year.
If you see 5 items each day, it would take you over 80, 000 years to see the whole of the collection.
by Frank Gallahan on 07 January 2010
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