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

In Conversation

Lenin on the Train: Catherine Merridale and Viv Groskop

Was this the world's most fateful railway journey?

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Other events


Hunter Davies: A Life in the Day

The Sixties. The parties. The Beatles. And above all, the love story.

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Family Activity FREE

South Asian Stories

Discover stories from South Asia in this fun and creative workshop with Sita Thomas


Summer Scholars: Edith Wharton / Literary Nantucket

Two researchers explore Edith Wharton in the archives and literary Nantucket

Panel Discussion

The Struggle Continues: The Future of LGBTQ+ Activism

Why are we still fighting?

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.