Searching and using PhD theses online: EThOS
Adopt a book this Christmas and help care for a million others
Visit our Christmas Market
Business & IP 2 – closing on 7 December
Georgians Revealed: Life, Style and the Making of Modern Britain
Celebrating 20 years of the International Dunhuang Project
The art of conservation: repairing items for everyday use
MA in Early Modern English Literature
Century of Science now available
10 December 2014, 11.00 – 12.00
EThOS is the national database for PhD theses, managed by the British Library. It’s a fantastic resource for researchers, with over 100,000 UK theses freely available to download and use for your own research, and another 200,000 available to search and scan on demand.
Join us for a free webinar to learn how EThOS works. Find out how to search for and download theses, and what to do if a thesis isn’t available. If you’re a PhD student, find out what will happen to your thesis once it’s completed. We’ll also explain how EThOS works with UK universities to support the whole research cycle, making the theses more visible and available for new researchers to use and build on.
Search EThOS and register for the webinar.
Choose from our 14 well-loved classics and adopt a book for just £25. Your donation directly contributes to our conservation work, helping young conservators to develop their skills, funding new technology to better conserve items, and helping us keep books on the shelves. In return, you will receive a delightful book-jacket gift card as a keepsake or to personalise for a friend.
Adopt a book now online or drop by the British Library Shop.
Saturday 30 November - Friday 6 December
10.00 - 18.00 (Open until 20.00 on Friday)
Soak up the festive atmosphere and find some unusual presents for your nearest and dearest at our Christmas Market.Open for one week only, we have carefully sourced some of the best new designers and retailers to set up stall in our Piazza, offering you a range of merchandise sure to thrill and inspire on Christmas Day. Pop in and you will find a host of great gift ideas, all a bit different from the usual high street offerings. Or come for a mince pie and a cup of mulled wine.
The Business & IP 2 Reading Room on Floor 2 will close on 7 December. The room will be refurbished into a News & Media Reading Room, opening in March 2014.
To find out more and keep updated with our newspaper programme visit newspaper moves.
Until 11 March 2014
£9 / £5 concessions
Discover the reality of life in Georgian Britain. From beautifully furnished homes to raucous gambling dens, from celebrity obsessions to gin addictions, this dazzling exhibition brings to life the trials and triumphs of the ordinary people who made modern Britain.
Find out more and book at Georgians Revealed.
The British Library holds over 50,000 ancient manuscripts from the eastern Silk Road. Since 1994 the Library has been the base for The International Dunhuang Project (IDP), a collaboration of holders of similar collections worldwide to ensure the preservation of and greater access to this material. To celebrate IDP20, two decades of one of the most successful and largest conservation, curatorial and digitisation projects of its kind worldwide, the Library is holding a series of events, including exhibitions, open days and lectures.
Find out more at International Dunhuang Project.
Last year four million items were called up for use in our Reading Rooms. Our Head of Conservation shares how the British Library keeps our collections fit for purpose and in the best possible condition so that they can be available to everyone both now and in the future. Watch our video to learn how your support can help us keep items accessible for research, inspiration and enjoyment.
Find out more at Support Us.
Did you know the British Library has a unique Masters course taught in partnership with King’s College London, which provides the opportunity to study early modern literary works, including Shakespeare, in light of recent critical approaches and as print and manuscript material artefacts? The course is an ideal foundation for doctoral work and careers in the arts, education, curatorship and broadcasting. Applications are now open for the 2014 academic year.
Find out more at King’s College London.
Did you know that you can now access Century of Science – an online backfile of references covering research in the sciences – at the British Library? Century of Science extends the coverage of the Science Citation Index back to 1900, indexing articles from hundreds of scientific journals across all areas of science, technology and medicine. It includes references to many seminal works of the early 20th Century, including papers by Albert Einstein, Marie Curie, Alexander Fleming and others. The cited reference feature allows users to track trends, authors and articles across the century and identify studies which form the basis of today’s research.
For more information about Century of Science, please speak to staff in the Science Reading Rooms.
The Reader Registration Office will be closed on Saturday 7 December 2013 and some services will be unavailable over the weekend of 6 - 8 December. More information is available on our website.
Check our website for details on renewing - you’ll need to provide proof of your home address and signature. Your records in Explore the British Library will be saved until your pass expires. Please see Reader Registration.
@BL_Ref_Services on Twitter for tips on using the Library and updates on how busy it is in the Reading Rooms.
To find out more about all our workshops and book your place, visit the workshops page. There is a heavy demand for these courses so if you are booked on one and later find that you are unable to come, please let us know so that we can offer the place to someone else.
We run a wide range of fascinating events for the general public as well as researchers and businesses. Explore our full events programme online at What's On.
Buying Luxury, Acquiring Style - Georgian Menswear
TalkScience Christmas Quiz
LATE at the Library: Vice and Virtue
Wordsmiths and Warriors book signing
Panizzi Lectures: Professor Robert Darnton
Doctoral Open Days
2 December 2013 / 18.30-20.00
£5 / £3 concessions
The 18th century was the first great age of fashion. Style became increasingly important and, while women often took centre stage, Georgian men were just as - if not more - stylish and glitzy. Join Patrick Grant, fashion designer and creative director of Norton & Sons and Etautz and Dr Hannah Greig, specialist in 18th century British history and author of The Beau Monde: Fashionable Society in Georgian London, in conversation.
4 December 2013 / 18.00-21.00
£10 per team of up to 5
What better way to start the festive season than by joining us at our annual Christmas TalkScience Quiz? As we delve into six rounds of scientific concepts, findings and general trivia, you’ll get the chance to flex your brain biceps and battle it out with other teams for the coveted 2013 TalkScience Champions Trophy!
6 December 2013 / 19.30-23.00
Join us for a sumptuous evening of decadent pleasure and entertainment. Celebrate the legacy of the Georgian era with guest DJ Amazonia, live performance, circus, installations, bar and food and a late night opening of the exhibition. Meet uncommon rogues and gents, rowdy vixens and genteel ladies for a night of utter splendour and spectacle. Be thrilled by the antics and daring-do of Circus Space performers and the exquisite trapeze artistes Collectif and Then.
16 December 2013 / 14.00 – 15.00
David and Hilary Crystal will be signing copies of their latest publication, Wordsmiths and Warriors. The book explores the heritage of English through the places in Britain that shaped it. It unites the warriors, whose invasions transformed the language, with the poets, scholars, reformers, and others who helped create its character..
6,7, 9 January 2014 / 18.30 – 19.30
Free, no booking required
Join Professor Robert Darnton for a series of three lectures exploring censorship, called Censors at Work. The lectures will look at Bourbon France, Imperialist India and Communist East Germany. Professor Darnton is Carl H. Pforzheimer University Professor and Director of the University Library at Harvard, his latest books are The Case for Books (2009), The Devil in the Holy Water, or The Art of Slander in France from Louis XIV to Napoleon (2010), and Poetry and the Police: Communication Networks in Eighteenth-Century Paris (2010).
Various dates until February 2014
Join us for these introductory open days for new PhD students. They are a chance to learn about the Library’s collections in your subject area, meet our staff and network with researchers in your field. Days are subject-themed and include Environmental Science, Digital Research and History. Lunch and refreshments are included.
Tell us what you think about the 'new look' Reader Bulletin
We are keen to hear what you think about the Reader Bulletin – what you find interesting or helpful and what you feel we could improve. We are also interested to know the format you prefer, whether a printed copy or an electronic version, as well as your views on other possible forms of communication. Please email Melissa Byrd.