How to Book

A full list of our workshops, tours, lectures and events can be found here.

All activities (except some conferences) are free of charge but must be booked in advance. Please read our policy on fees for cancellations and reduced group size before completing the booking form. Details of these can be found below.
Once you’re ready, please complete a booking form.
We will acknowledge receipt and aim to contact you within two weeks to either confirm your booking or ask for alternative dates.


  • We generally require at least one month's notice for all bookings
  • The British Library’s address is 96 Euston Road, London NW1 2DB. More information regarding travel arrangements can be found here. If you’re a school in Greater London, you can qualify for free off-peak school group travel with Transport for London
  • We have a 1:6 adult to student ratio for participants aged 11 and under, and a 1:10 adult to student ratio for participants aged 12 - 18. If you are bringing more than 20 students, please ensure that you have at least two members of teaching staff with the group
  • Please ensure you enter details regarding participants with special educational needs or disabilities on the booking form. Further details regarding access for disabled visitors can be found here
  • We have neck loops and radio receivers suitable for participants with a hearing impairment. To use one of these during your visit, please request it on the booking form
  • The Lunch Room is subject to availability and must be requested in advance via the booking form. If you are allocated a Lunch Room slot, please ensure that you adhere to the timings as we usually have several groups booked in one after the other. Alternatively, your group may picnic outside on the Piazza
  • If your group is allocated a locker, please ensure that you collect your belongings promptly at the end of your session as another group may have been allocated the space after you
  • Health and safety information along with details about writing a risk assessment for a visit to the British Library can be found here
  • Please contact the Learning Team on T +44 (0)20 7412 7797 or E if you have any questions


Fee for cancellations and reduced group size for confirmed bookings is as follows:

£90 + VAT per workshop

Full day workshops (Introducing Research and Map Your World study days) will be charged at £180 + VAT

The fee will apply if:

  • A session is cancelled with fewer than 10 working days’ notice provided
  • The group fails to arrive on the booked date
  • Fewer than 10 students are present on the day of the visit. Our minimum group size is 10
  • You have booked in more than 20 students but 20 or fewer attend. This is because we allocate one workshop leader per 20 students
  • A group arrives more than 30 minutes late

The British Library reserves the right to cancel sessions if:

  • A group arrives more than 30 minutes late
  • Behaviour of a group is deemed unacceptable by British Library Learning staff