West Africa: Word, Symbol, Song

Open until 16 Feb 2016

An exhibition of literature and music – from the great African empires of the Middle Ages to the cultural dynamism of West Africa today

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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

Exhibition FREE

Alice in Wonderland

20 Nov 2015 - 17 Apr 2016

Happy Birthday Alice! To celebrate 150 years of the publication of Alice’s Adventures in Wonderland, this exhibition explores how Alice has captured our imaginations for so many years

Events at the Library


Exploring the Collections: Music

This event is for new PhD students, as well as Masters students who are planning to continue their research at doctoral level

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Other events

Panel Discussion

Art, Literature and Environmental Justice

The role of arts in the fight for environmental justice in West Africa and beyond

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Special Event

Alice’s Adventures Underground: A Reading

A rare reading of the full original manuscript text by a wonderful cast


Kate Bornstein in Conversation

Kate Bornstein in conversation with Paris Lees

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Exploring the Collections: Social Sciences

Practical and inspiring open days for first year PhD students

Limited places

Tours of the Library

Library individual tour

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

West Africa Curator Led Tour

Get a unique insight into the collections on display

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.