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


Wole Soyinka in conversation

A wide-ranging conversation with Wole Soyinka; Nigerian playwright, poet and novelist of global acclaim

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Other events

Panel Discussion

Digital Conversation 11: Portrait of the Machine as a Young Artist

A conversation looking at Computational Creativity, a discipline operating at the intersection of Artificial Intelligence and Philosophy of Mind


Exploring the Collections: 17th & 18th Century

Practical and inspiring open days for first year PhD students

Limited places
Panel Discussion

Reading and Being Read: Readers, Writers, Publishers

A symposium and workshop for hungry minds and creative readers, bringing together writers, readers and publishers from independent presses in the UK

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Exploring the Collections: 19th Century

Practical and inspiring open days for first year PhD students

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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

Group tours

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