Explore literary treasures, everyday ephemera, and the complex history of the English language, with unique texts from the British Library.
Our new English Literature website, Discovering Literature, is now live: discover 1,200 Romantic and Victorian literary treasures, new insights by 60 experts, 25 documentary films, 30 inspirational teachers’ notes and more.
Travel through the country in this website, and discover the UK’s rich landscape of diverse accents and dialects.
Poetry & Performance
Listen to well-known actors performing poetry by some of Britain and America’s most distinguished poets.
Dictionaries and Meanings
Trace the history of dictionaries, from scoundrels’ slang books to Caribbean lexicons.
Explore the evolution of English language and literature, from the 11th century to the present day.
Enter English Timeline
Texts in Context
From recipes and adverts to logbooks and songs, explore the many ways in which language is used and produced.