Magna Carta: Law, Liberty, Legacy

Open until 1 Sep 2015

To mark the 800th anniversary of Magna Carta we are holding a once-in-a-lifetime exhibition - book now!

Book now
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 Codex Sinaiticus to the Beatles

Exhibition FREE

Cornelia Parker: Magna Carta (An Embroidery)

15 May 2015 - 24 Jul 2015

A new artwork by Cornelia Parker that responds to Magna Carta in the digital era

Events at the Library

Study Day

Africa in Translation: What’s Love got to do with it?   

Our annual translation symposium this year focuses on love

Other events

Special Event

Emergent Discourses on African Literature

Presentations by PhD students and other researchers who are exploring different areas of this field

Special Event

Meet the Publishers

Experts explain what they are looking for in new work

Panel Discussion

African Books to Inspire  

Join journalist Hannah Pool for an evening of books and inspiration

Special Event

Independence Day

The British Library celebrates the United States with live music, food and fun and razzmatazz

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.