Russian Revolution: Hope, Tragedy, Myths

Open until 29 Aug 2017

Witness a world disrupted, shocked and changed forever

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Exhibition FREE

Canada Through the Lens

26 May 2017 - 10 Sep 2017

Mark the 150th anniversary of Canada’s confederation

Exhibition FREE

Gay UK: Love, Law and Liberty

2 Jun 2017 - 19 Sep 2017

A free exhibition

Coming soon

Harry Potter: A History of Magic

20 Oct 2017 - 28 Feb 2018

Journey to where magic and myth began

Events at the Library


Summer Scholars: Writing North America / Uncle Tom’s Cabin

A novelist and a researcher explore North American texts and ‘co-texts’

Other events


Revolutionary Railroad: The Trans-Siberian 1891 – 1920

The extraordinary story of the world’s longest and greatest railway


Summer Scholars: Native Americans / Summer 1967

Two researchers explore federal representations of Native Americans and the long, hot summer of 1967

In Conversation

Alan Turing: Life, Work, Legacy

Jim Al-Khalili hosts an evening exploring the life, work and legacy of one of the greatest scientific minds

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In Conversation

Lenin on the Train: Catherine Merridale and Viv Groskop

Was this the world's most fateful railway journey?

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Tours of the Library

Library individual tour

Discover more about our history, collections and architecture on this tour - includes the Viewing Gallery

Conservation studio tour

Take a behind-the-scenes tour and see our world-renowned conservators in action

Group tours

Book a group tour for up to 15 people to discover more about our history, collections and architecture - includes the Viewing Gallery.