Terror and Wonder: The Gothic Imagination

Open until 20 Jan 2015

Trace 250 years of the Gothic tradition and explore our fascination with the mysterious, the terrifying and the macabre

Book tickets
Exhibition FREE

Enduring War: Grief, Grit and Humour

19 Jun 2014 - 26 Oct 2014

How people coped with life during World War One: from moments of patriotic fervour to periods of anxious inactivity, shock and despair

Coming soon

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!

Events at the Library

Panel Discussion

Nightwalkers: tales of zombies, duppies and soucouyants

A thunderous exploration of the ghosts, duppies, jumbies and conjure folk that haunt the Caribbean and America

Other events


The life and music of Peter Warlock

Warlock’s contribution to the musical world was immense, and this study day celebrates the 120th anniversary of his birth

Panel Discussion

Diableries: stereoscopic adventures in Hell

Collector Brian May introduces, joined by experts Denis Pellerin and Paula Fleming

Lecture FREE

The 2014 Panizzi Lectures - lecture 1

The giant Bibles of 12th-century England: the first of three lectures by Christopher de Hamel


Anne Rice’s Prince Lestat: midnight book launch

The Queen of the Undead is back, with her first Vampire Chronicle in over a decade

Tours of the Library

Library individual tour

Discover more about our history, collections and architecture on this tour - includes the Viewing Gallery

Terror and Wonder: Curator-led Tour

These curator-led tours provide a unique insight into key items on display in the exhibition

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