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


The Equality Lecture: Professor Andrew Sayer

Professor Andrew Sayer delivers the Equality Lecture: 'Why We Can't Afford the Rich'

Other events

Panel Discussion

Migrant Landscapes

Explore the role of geography in the migration crises witnessed this year

Limited places
Panel Discussion

Looking Forward

A celebration of 25 years of the Forward Prizes for Poetry



Timed for Halloween, our five-week course is devoted to vampire narratives of the last 200 years

Limited places

The Josephine Hart Poetry Hour: The Poetry of W H Auden

An evening devoted to the beautifully observed poetry of W H Auden intorduced by Melvyn Bragg

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.