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

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Exhibition FREE

Lines in the Ice: Seeking the Northwest Passage

14 Nov 2014 - 29 Mar 2015

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

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


British Library Persian manuscripts: collections and research

Join expert scholars in a one-day workshop to find out more about recent research

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Other events


Late at the Library: The Sorting

A funeral-inspired experience with macabre performances, music, DJs, bar and a late night opening of the exhibition

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Lecture FREE

The 2014 Panizzi Lectures - lecture 3

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

Panel Discussion FREE

The art of the 'Gothic' album sleeve

Prolific graphic artists Dave McKean, Vaughan Oliver and Andy Vella share a platform

Panel Discussion

The New Black: from subculture to high culture

Fashion historian, DJ and writer Amber Jane Butchart chairs a panel of innovative designers

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