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St Pancras opening times

Full information on opening times for the building itself, exhibition galleries, Shop, Reader Registration, Reading Rooms and restaurants.

The British Library building

The Exhibition Galleries and Shop close at 18.00, except on Tuesday when they close at 20.00. 
The Reading Rooms are closed on Sunday and English Public Holidays. 

The entire building is closed Fri 18 - Sun 20 Apr 2014 (Easter). 

Exhibitions and Shop are open on Easter Monday, 11.00 - 17.00. Reading Rooms closed.

MonTueWedThuFriSatSun & English Public Holidays
09.30-
20.00
09.30-
20.00
09.30-
20.00
09.30-
20.00
09.30-
18.00
09.30-
17.00
11.00-
17.00

 


Exhibition Galleries and the Shop

MonTueWedThuFriSatSun & English Public Holidays
09.30-
18.00
09.30-
20.00
09.30-
18.00
09.30-
18.00
09.30-
18.00
09.30-
17.00
11.00-
17.00


 Reader Registration office

MonTueWedThuFriSatSun & English Public Holidays
09.30-
17.45
09.30-
19.45
09.30-
17.45
09.30-
17.45
09.30-
16.15
09.30-
16.15
Closed


Please arrive at least 15 minutes before the office closes.


 Reading Rooms

To use our Reading Rooms for the first time you will need to register for a Reader Pass.

The Reading Rooms are closed on Sundays and English Public Holidays. See seasonal closures (right-hand column).

All times are UK local time.

 MonTueWedThuFriSatSun & English Public Holidays
Business & IP Centre,
Humanities,
Rare Books & Music, Newsroom,
Science,
Social Sciences
10.00-
20.00
09.30-
20.00
09.30-
20.00
09.30-
20.00
09.30-
17.00
09.30-
17.00
Closed
Asian & African Studies,
Maps,
Manuscripts
10.00-
17.00
09.30-
17.00
09.30-
17.00
09.30
17.00
09.30-
17.00
09.30-
17.00
Closed

 

Sound Archive Listening & Viewing Service
Available by appointment in the Rare Books & Music Reading Room during opening hours

Philatelic Collections Researchers' Room
By appointment only, 10.00 - 16.00 Monday to Friday


Food and drink

 
Restaurant and Terrace
Café
Last Word on the Piazza
Espresso Bar
Mon09.30 - 17.0009.30 - 19.3008.30 - 16.3008.00 - 19.00
Tue09.30 - 17.0009.30 - 19.3008.30 - 16.3008.00 - 19.00
Wed09.30 - 17.0009.30 - 19.3008.30 - 16.3008.00 - 19.00
Thu09.30 - 17.0009.30 - 19.3008.30 - 16.3008.00 - 19.00
Fri09.30 - 17.0009.30 - 17.3008.30 - 16.3008.00 - 18.30
Sat09.30 - 16.0009.30 - 16.3009.00 - 16.3009.00 - 17.00
SunClosed11.00 - 16.30Closed11.00 - 17.00

Restaurant and Terrace

Location: Floor 1
Service offered: Self-service. Freshly prepared breakfast upon request, Peyton & Byrne pastries, porridge and sandwiches all served until 11.00. Lunch from midday to 15.00. Pasta bar, salad bar, pies, hot roast of the day which can also be had as a sandwich, soups, Peyton & Byrne pastries and cakes and sandwiches. Also available is coffee, tea, soft drinks, beers and wine. Seating inside and outside

Café

Location: Upper Ground Floor
Service offered: Counter service. Coffee, tea, soft drinks, Peyton & Byrne pastries and cakes, salads, sandwiches, cold snacks and lunch-time soup. Inside seating only

Cotton Room (for Readers and Friends of the British Library)

Location: Floor 3
Service offered: Lounge with vending machines serving drinks and snacks

The Last Word

Location: Piazza
Service offered: Counter service. Coffee, tea, soft drinks, Peyton & Byrne pastries and cakes, salads, sandwiches, cold snacks. Seating inside and outside

The Espresso Bar

Location: Euston Road
Service offered: Counter service. Freshly roasted coffee; Freshly prepared hot churros, sandwiches, soft drinks and Peyton & Byrne pastries and cakes. Seating inside and outside

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