Maps and the 20th Century: Drawing the Line

Open until 1 Mar 2017

See how maps made the world we live in at our maps exhibition

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Exhibition FREE

Treasures of the British Library

Monday to Sunday

The world's most beautiful and important books and documents, from Magna Carta and Gutenberg's Bible, to the music of the Beatles

Exhibition FREE

Victorian Entertainments: There Will Be Fun

14 Oct 2016 - 12 Mar 2017

Celebrate some of the most popular entertainments of Victorian times

Events at the Library


Shooting War: Photography, History, Representation

Shocking, heartbreaking or bombastic, war photographs can become cultural icons whose meaning transcends the context of their initial production

Limited places

Other events


Global Conquest: How Railways took over the World

A celebration of the impact of this remarkable development

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Julian Mitchell in Conversation with Polly Toynbee

Julian Mitchell will be in conversation about his work for the theatre, for film and for television

Limited places

Japan Now

Explore contemporary writing and culture from Japan

Family Activity

Family Day: Festival of Maps

Join us for a fun and creative family day inspired by our exhibition, Maps and the 20th Century: Drawing the Line

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.