Magna Carta: Law, Liberty, Legacy

Open until 1 Sep 2015

To mark the 800th anniversary of Magna Carta we are holding a once-in-a-lifetime exhibition - book now!

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Exhibition FREE

Treasures of the British Library

Monday to Sunday

Open free of charge - the world's most beautiful and influential books and documents, from Codex Sinaiticus to the Beatles

Exhibition FREE

Lines in the Ice: Seeking the Northwest Passage

Monday to Sunday

Examines why Europeans are drawn to explore the Arctic and, in particular, the fabled Northwest Passage

Events at the Library


John Gray: an Enquiry into Human Freedom

John Gray looks at the idea of free will, set against the forces that constrain our actions

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Other events


Octavio Paz and the United Kingdom

This seminar explores the connections Paz made with British literature and academic life


An Evening with Enrique Krauze

An evening with one of Mexico’s most distinguished men of letters, Enrique Krauze


Black Dandyism

Michèle Mendelssohn considers the dandy in early 20th-century African-American culture

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Mark Thomas presents The People’s Magna Carta Part 1

Mark Thomas considers what rights and freedoms should be enshrined in a new Magna Carta

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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

Library group tour

Book a tour for up to 15 people to discover more about our history, collections and architecture - includes the Viewing Gallery