Magna Carta: Law, Liberty, Legacy

13 Mar 2015 - 1 Sep 2015

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

Book tickets
Exhibition FREE

Treasures of the British Library

1 Jan 0001 - 1 Jan 0001

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

14 Nov 2014 - 19 Apr 2015

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

Events at the Library


Doctoral Students' Open Day: Digital Scholarship

This Digital Scholarship event is solely for first-year PhD students who are new to the Library

This event has taken place

Other events


Life in a Jar: childhood experience of the Holocaust

Lili Pohlmann and Erich Reich, who both endured the Holocaust as children, recall their experiences

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The Lonely City: Adventures in the Art of Being Alone

Olivia Laing explores urban loneliness through the work of some of America's greatest artists

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Doctoral Students' Open Day: Music

For new PhD students and Masters students planning to continue their research at doctoral level


Trapped in the Ice, Frozen in Time

Rob Sherman explores themes arising from his research into the Franklin expedition of 1845-6

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