Shakespeare in Ten Acts

Open until 6 Sep 2016

A landmark exhibition on the performances that made an icon

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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

Coming soon
Exhibition FREE

Punk 1976-78

13 May 2016 - 2 Oct 2016

The British Library’s punk exhibition celebrates the 40th anniversary of this unique and exciting musical phenomenon

Events at the Library

Special Event

Poetry Periscope Launch Event

Poet Ian McMillan hosts an evening to mark the launch of the Poetry Periscope

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Other events


Sacred Texts of Judaism, Christianity and Islam

Explore the origins and development of the Hebrew Bible, the Christian Bible, and the Qur’an on our new four-week afternoon course

Limited places

Transforming Topography

A conference promising to shed new light and fresh insights on the field of topography and on the British Library’s collection

Panel Discussion

Eric Ambler and the Modern British Thriller

An event to coincide with the British Library's publication of new editions of several of Eric Ambler's novels


This Orient Isle: Elizabethan England and the Islamic World

Join Jerry Brotton to uncover this neglected part of history

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.