Like the Metro, the British Library's red brick building on Euston Road is unbelievably 10 years old. But it was designed to last at least 150 years - that's a hell of a job of future proofing the national home of the printed word. We can barely begin to image the intricate bowels below, and we've seen some of them. There are warrens of bookshelves patrolled by an army of mechanical librarian arms, feeding legions of knowledge hungry readers via a baffling network of conveyor belts. This is an incredibly complex building. If you're intrigued, join architects, experts and British Library staff for an evening of exploration, imagination and hard reality. A building for now and the future takes place tonight between 6.30-8.30pm in the conference centre of the Library. Book your ticket online now: £6/4.
Last Updated 11 March 2009