"the British Library"

 

The Reading Room, British Museum
Creative Commons Attribution Share AlikeThe Reading Room, British Museum - Credit: Diliff, Wikimedia

 

The British Library is the UK's national library. Holding in excess of 150 million items (including 14 million books) it is one of the largest research libraries in the world.

The new British Library building
Creative Commons Attribution Share AlikeThe new British Library building - Credit: Mike Peel

The Library is spread across several locations, but the main site is now at St Pancras in London.  However, when Winterson was writing, most of the British Library was located in Bloomsbury, and here Louise is talking about the Reading Room in the British Museum.