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British Library Launches First Mobile App

The British Library has announced the launch of its first ever app for iOS and Android powered devices, offering users online access to many of the Library's awesome collection of treasures.

The 'Treasures' app provides access to 100 items from the Library's Sir John Ritblat Treasures Gallery, including handwritten lyrics by the Beatles, battle plans drawn out by Admiral Horatio Nelson before the Battle of Trafalgar, Galileo's letters and Leonardo Da Vinci's notebooks.

The app also comes with 40 commentary videos from experts and 250 HD images.

The iPhone, iPod Touch and Android app is available for £2.39 from both the iTunes Store and the Android Market, and the HD iPad version is available for £3.49. But for a limited time the apps are being offered at the discounted price of £1.19 and £2.39 respectively.

Speaking of the launch, director of strategic marketing and communications at the Library Frances Brindle said: "Access to our collections through mobile technologies is an exciting initiative for the Library. We are delighted to be able to make our unique collection items available to a wider audience via this interactive app in such a dynamic format."

"The Library is committed to increasing access to its collections and broadening the reach of our services and this app demonstrates our commitment to engaging with the mobile community."