Although our roots extend back centuries, we collect everything published today, tomorrow and decades into the future. We have millions of books, but also newspapers, maps, sound recordings, patents and stamps.
Our spaces are open for study, a place to meet friends, to start up a new business or to get inspired by visiting our galleries and events.
We're continuing to experience a major technology outage as a result of a cyber-attack. Our buildings are open as usual, however, the outage is still affecting our website, online systems and services, as well as some onsite services. This is a temporary website, with limited content outlining the services that are currently available, as well as what's on at the Library.
We’re now able to share a timeline of service improvements we expect to make between now and July, including access to some of our digital collection and changes to Reader Registration so that everyone can access our collection.
You can read more about this in the latest blog from our CEO, Sir Roly Keating.
Our latest exhibition is the first major exhibition of its kind anywhere in the world, travelling back five centuries to discover the layered Black experiences that have birthed a thriving musical culture and history. Beyond the Bassline opens 26 April and you can book your tickets today.
We've opened The Last Word community hub in our Piazza, which is the new base for our Community Engagement team. Here they'll meet Camden residents and host a range of activities with and for local people. The hub will also showcase changing displays of community projects for everyone to enjoy.
As a charity, we work to preserve and share our collection of over 170 million items, which grows every day.