While the neighbouring railway stations of Euston, St Pancras and Kings Cross use their architecture to announce themselves, the British Library (Euston Road, London NW1) sits back from the road to be approached through a dramatic set of gates and across an enclosed garden. The gates themselves, from David Kindersley's workshop, do not contain lettering, they are lettering. British Library is repeated and progresses from 'light' to 'ultra black'. It is only a pity that the success of the gates is diluted by the ineffectual lettering above (not shown) where the relief carved forms on red sandstone are both ill-composed and entirely superfluous.