The Poetry Library in London celebrates its 60th birthday this week. The library has been used like a motherhumper by poets and scholars for an eternity (AKA 60 years).
The Poetry Library, now based in London's Southbank Centre, has helped nurture some of the country's most memorable poetry since it was opened in 1953. Ted Hughes "trekked for days" through its volumes when he and Seamus Heaney were researching their influential 1978 anthology The Rattle Bag, and Andrew Motion used it to research his 2001 anthology Here to Eternity, published when he was poet laureate. - Guardian
The library has astounded most people by simply existing. "English people like pretty word things?" someone said to me as I mentioned the library's birthday, "I thought they were all about the tea and being stoic. Turns out, unlike old episodes of Eastenders, the English are still holding up culturally.