Exhibition FREE

Victorian Entertainments: There Will Be Fun

14 Oct 2016 - 12 Mar 2017

Celebrate some of the most popular entertainments of Victorian times

Coming soon

Russian Revolution: Hope, Tragedy, Myths

28 Apr 2017 - 29 Aug 2017

Witness a world disrupted, shocked and changed forever

Coming soon
Exhibition FREE

Gay UK: Love, Law and Liberty

2 Jun 2017 - 19 Sep 2017

Hear the stories of gay men and women

Events at the Library


The Art and History of Calligraphy: Patricia Lovett

Trace the fascinating history of handwriting

Other events


Kenneth Baker: On the Burning of Books

An extraordinary story of destruction and survival


There Will Be Fun - In the Flesh!

Contemporary performance inspired by our Victorian Entertainments exhibition

Study Day

Exploring the Collections: 19th Century

Practical and inspiring open days for first year PhD students

Limited places
Panel Discussion

The Art of Non-Fiction

Lara Feigel, Olivia Laing and Hisham Matar in conversation with Lisa Appignanesi

Tours of the Library

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.