Doctoral Open Days

Researchers listening to a curator

An opportunity for new PhD students to discover our unique research materials and how to access them.

Our annual series of Doctoral Open Days offers PhD students the chance to discover our research resources and explore the practicalities of using the Library. This hybrid programme of online and in-person events and resources are designed to support students in navigating the Library's vast and varied physical and digital collections, introduce them to expert staff and provide the opportunity to meet other researchers. 

While some Open Days focus on specific subjects, such as Music, others take an interdisciplinary approach and look at our collections from particular regions or periods, from Antiquity to the 21st century. Pick up the basics with our introductory webinar, and then choose to focus on areas of the collection that will be most relevant to you. 

Booking is open for our first three events; the next events will go on sale soon.

Coming soon:

British and European Collections: 16001950 – 26 June 2023, British Library, St Pancras

The Americas and Oceania Collections – July 2023, British Library, St Pancras

Not Just Books: Digital Collections and Resources – 25 August 202, British Library, St Pancras

Music, Sound and Vision Collections – 1 September 2023, British Library, St Pancras

Contemporary Society and Culture Collections – 23 October 2023, British Library, St Pancras

Maps, Art and Science: Discover the Unexpected in our Collection – 17 November 2023, British Library, St Pancras

Series events