After presenting 47 forms of identification, explaininf my intentions, registering, logging on, creating an account, depositing all belongings into the cloakroom, re-depositing essentials into a clear plastic bag, requesting the book, waiting 70 minutes for it to be delivered, I began work. All for one article. I could have performed a terrorist act with more ease.
It is a lovely library: the reading rooms are huge with large individual desks with a reading lamp. Good place to work.
Whilst there, I also went to the Sir John Ritblat Gallery which was wonderful: saw Jane Austen's notebooks, Mozart's scores, the Magna Carta, along with the map above. It is a portolan chart created and improvised from direct experiences. Useful research for current project.