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Opening hours

Opening hours and facilities for visitors to the British Library at St Pancras

The building, including the free Entrance Hall exhibition | General enquiries | Access for visitors with disabilities | Cloakroom | Luggage restrictions | Exhibition Galleries | Café and Restaurant | Free WiFi | Further information

 The building, including the free Entrance Hall exhibitions

More information for visitors and seasonal closures.

 

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 Treasures Gallery exhibition 

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PACCAR Gallery exhibition

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 General enquiries

There is an Information Desk in the Entrance Hall where staff can help you with questions about what you can do and see.

 Access for visitors with disabilities

There are parking bays in Ossulston Street and step-free access to the building, which is modern and spacious and well supplied with lifts. More information about access 

 Cloakroom

The cloakroom is on the lower ground floor. Coats and bags can be left in the Cloakroom, but space is limited and metal-framed items and bags larger than 56cm in any dimension cannot be accepted. Lockers and secure coat rails for daily use are also available. The lockers operate with a returnable £1 coin.

 Luggage restrictions

We restrict the size of luggage you can bring with you to airline ‘carry on’ size. This is to discourage non-Library users from taking advantage of our luggage facilities. The ‘carry on’ size is 56cm (H) x 45cm (W) x 25cm (D). There is a size gauge outside our entrance, so you can check if your bags will fit. There is no restriction on pushchairs, foldaway bicycles, umbrellas or walking sticks.

 Exhibition galleries

You may find the Sir John Ritblat and PACCAR Galleries cooler and darker than other areas of the Library. The temperatures in the galleries are maintained at approximately 17-19 degrees centigrade and light levels may be reduced in order to preserve the treasures in our collection. This controlled environment protects any items that may fade, discolour, or be damaged in bright light or humid conditions.

We recommend bringing an extra layer, especially in the summer months, when the outside temperature can feel considerably warmer. As a guide, you should allow at least 90 minutes to go round our PACCAR exhibitions. Please note that photography is not allowed in any of our exhibition spaces.

 Café and Restaurant

The Café and Restaurant overlook the King's Library to the rear of the Entrance Hall. The Café is on the Upper Ground Floor. The Restaurant, to which there is lift access, is on Floor One. More

 Free WiFi

You will need to create a new WiFi account, which you can do when you visit the Library. Just follow the on-screen instructions. The Library uses web filtering software to prevent access to certain categories of website on its wireless network. More

 Further information

If you have further needs or require more information, please contact us:

T: +44 (0)20 7412 7332

Textphone: +44 (0)20 7387 0626

E: visitor-services@bl.uk


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