Doctoral Open Days 2017

Readers using a St Pancras Reading Room

Practical and inspiring open days for first year PhD students

Find out about our Doctoral Open Days for 2017.

Have you just started your PhD? Our Doctoral Open Days are a chance for you to discover the British Library’s unique research materials. From newspapers to maps, datasets to manuscripts, ships' logs to websites, our collections cover a wide range of formats and languages spanning the last 3000 years.

Designed to explain the practicalities of using the Library and its services plus help you navigate our physical and online collections, these days give you the opportunity to meet our expert and friendly staff and researchers in your field.

To make the most of your day, you may wish to register for a free Reader Pass before the event.

These events are aimed at first year PhD students who are new to the Library. Each day focuses on one aspect of the Library’s collections.

Price include lunch and refreshments.

Comments from previous attendees: 

‘The whole day was superb and it was so worth it.’

‘Very helpful and interesting day. I now feel a lot more confident using the British Library.’

‘The enthusiasm and knowledge of the staff – definitely encourages me to return to the library soon!’

Series events

Exploring the Collections: Asian & African
Study Day

Exploring the Collections: Asian & African

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Exploring the Collections: News & Media
Study Day

Exploring the Collections: News & Media

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Exploring the Collections: News & Media
Study Day

Exploring the Collections: Social Sciences

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Exploring the Collections at Boston Spa … and beyond
Study Day

Exploring the Collections at Boston Spa … and beyond

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Exploring the Collections: Music
Study Day

Exploring the Collections: Music

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Exploring the Collections: pre-1600
Study Day

Exploring the Collections: pre-1600

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Exploring the Collections: 17 & 18th Century
Study Day

Exploring the Collections: 17th & 18th Century

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Exploring the Collections: 19th Century
Study Day

Exploring the Collections: 19th Century

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Exploring the Collections: 20th & 21st Century
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Exploring the Collections: 20th & 21st Century

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