Russian Revolution: Hope, Tragedy, Myths

28 Apr 2017 - 29 Aug 2017

Witness a world disrupted, shocked and changed forever

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Exhibition FREE

Quentin Blake: The Roald Dahl Centenary Portraits

2 Dec 2016 - 21 May 2017

Happy 100th birthday Roald Dahl!

Coming soon
Exhibition FREE

Canada Through the Lens

26 May 2017 - 10 Sep 2017

Mark the 150th anniversary of Canada’s confederation

Coming soon
Exhibition FREE

Gay UK: Love, Law and Liberty

2 Jun 2017 - 19 Sep 2017

Hear the stories of gay men and women

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


The Listening Project Lecture: Susie Orbach

A special lecture marking The Listening Project’s 1000th recorded conversation

Other events

Panel Discussion

The Long Road to Peace: Enter the Peace Broker

Join a discussion of America’s role as WW1 peace broker

Limited places

Russian Literature and the Revolution

Discover the four great Russian Nobel laureates for literature and learn how their works represent the events and consequences of the Russian Revolution

Limited places
In Conversation

Russia’s Place in the World

With former BBC correspondent Bridget Kendall

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Discovering Literature: Shakespeare and his Contemporaries

Discover one of the most vibrant periods in English literature through the captivating works of Shakespeare, Marlowe, Jonson and Donne

Limited places

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.