West Africa: Word, Symbol, Song

16 Oct 2015 - 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

Open free of charge - the world's most beautiful and influential books and documents, from Leonardo da Vinci's notebook to the Beatles


Animal Tales

7 Aug 2015 - 1 Nov 2015

An exhibition exploring animals on the page

Events at the Library

Special Event

Prisms of Love: Sufi Tales Through Storytelling

Enjoy an enchanting evening in the company of accomplished storyteller, writer and performer, Vayu Naidu

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Other events

Panel Discussion

Churchill’s Heroines: Female Spies in WWII

Remarkable tales of female bravery from WWII

Panel Discussion FREE

BBC/British Library Listening Project Workshop

Join the British Library and the BBC to reflect on the first three years of the Listening Project


T S Eliot's Poetry

For the 50th anniversary of T S Eliot's death, join Christopher Ricks and Jim McCue, editors of the new critical edition of Eliot's poetry, published by Faber in October


Overpowered!: the Science and Showbiz of Hypnosis

Performer and entertainer Christopher Green tells the intriguing history of hypnosis

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

General guided group tour

Book a group tour for up to 15 people to discover more about our history, collections and architecture - includes the Viewing Gallery.