The library has been temporarily relocated to the fifth reading room in the history of the museum and was in use during the nineteenth century. It is a small place, each wall lined with books, and there is a peaceful atmosphere, which is more relaxed than the hushed one of the British Library. There is a children's corner, and the books lining the shelves are many and varied, and freely accessible. There are various computer terminals (which access just the British Museum website), and the tables are lit with bright fluorescent lights.
Charles Darwin worked here, as did the novelists William Thackeray and Charles Dickens, and if I lived in London, I think I would work here too. I felt cossetted by the place. The murmurings of the other readers and the delicate chiming of a nearby clock were oddly comforting. As I worked there the characters in my book grew more definite in my mind, and I hope on the page. All's well, sang the clock, and for a couple of hours, it seemed like it could be.