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

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

Events at the Library

Study Day

Exploring the Collections: 17th & 18th Century

Practical and inspiring open days for first year PhD students

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Other events


In Conversation with Tony Wheeler, Founder of Lonely Planet

Hear from the Founder of Lonely Planet on how the trip of a lifetime turned into a successful business


Living Knowledge: The British Library Today

British Library Chief Executive Roly Keating reflects on the work of libraries


The Art and History of Calligraphy: Patricia Lovett

Trace the fascinating history of handwriting


Kenneth Baker: On the Burning of Books

An extraordinary story of destruction and survival

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.