Maps and the 20th Century: Drawing the Line

4 Nov 2016 - 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 Feb 2017

Celebrate some of the most popular entertainments of Victorian times

Events at the Library

Panel Discussion

Democrats v Republicans US elections debate

We discuss how the US presidential race stands just days before the election result

Other events


There will be Fun: Illustrating the Victorians

Explore illustration and design with a distinctly Victorian style

Limited places

Canada and slavery in literature

Eleanor Bird discusses the complicated relationship between Canada and slavery


Film Africa: Dreamstates

Film Africa presents the debut feature of filmmaker Anisia Uzeyman, featuring her husband, musician Saul Williams


Exploring English: Accents and Dialects

Discover this remarkable story of evolution and expansion of the English language

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.

Shakespeare Revealed: Into the Collection

Enhance your visit to our exhibition by learning more about our Shakespeare collection