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


Monica Ross: A Symposium

Celebrate the life and work of one of the most significant feminist artists and distinguished educators of her generation

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Other events


Film Screening: The Silk Road of Pop

An evening of music and film about the Uyghur community in China's Xinjiang Province

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Historic Punch presents Undead at the Library

Resurrecting the tradition of the spiritualist's salon, Historic Punch offers a Gothic soirée of cadavers, conversation and quaffing

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Panel Discussion

The search for Franklin’s lost ships

Join us for a discussion on the fate of Franklin's expedition with marine archaeologist Ryan Harris

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Peter Hennessy lecture: The nature of memory

Historian Peter Hennessy reflects on memory and its place in historical enquiry

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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

Terror and Wonder: Curator-led Tour

These curator-led tours provide a unique insight into key items on display in the exhibition

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