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Christmas and New Year hours

We are closed 24-26 Dec and New Year's Day, and open again on Fri 2 Jan - please note that the Reading Rooms will close early on some days

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Self-service photography in the Reading Rooms

From 5 January you will be able to photograph items for personal research in some of our Reading Rooms

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Help us unlock King George III’s map library

Please make a donation and help us share this wonderful historic collection of 60,000 maps and views with anyone anywhere in the world

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England and the North-East Passage

Historian James Evans marks our current Arctic exhibition with a guest blog recounting the Tudor search for a north-east passage

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