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A terminal solution to close the book on our library of problems

News that the British Library needs extensive repairs after only five years has provoked the usual hysterical response from the reading classes, most of whom cling forcefully to the belief that the solution to all architectural problems is, as Quinlan Terry once put it, 'a stout slate roof on four stone walls'. Given that the Scandinavian-esque British Library comes pretty close to that definition in any case, it does come as a bit of a shock to find that the so-called 'extensive repairs'mostly

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