Join us for a free autism-friendly early opening of the British Library
An event for families with children on the autism spectrum and other sensory needs. Enjoy the Library free from the hustle and bustle of the general public.
Explore our current exhibition, Paddington, and take part in a storytelling workshop and hands-on activities in our Learning Centre. A dedicated sensory room is available for children needing a quieter and calmer space.
This event is free and suitable for parents and carers with children aged 5–15 years and their siblings.
All visitors to this special early opening receive a visual story in advance to provide an idea of what to expect on arrival. Please note that the Library opens to the general public at 11.00.
We’ve made some changes to keep everyone safe during this opening:
- Limited numbers, a one-way system around the Library and spaced out tables in the Learning Centre so everyone can keep a safe distance
- Regular enhanced cleaning of the spaces and equipment, and hand sanitiser stations for everyone to use
- Adults and children over 11 will need to wear a face covering unless exempt
This event is free and suitable for parents and carers with children aged 5–15 years and their siblings. All tickets need to be pre-booked for everyone in your party.
For more information please e-mail email@example.com.
In the event of future closures, we’ll contact you to let you know. If you feel unwell, or anyone in your household is showing symptoms of COVID-19, please don’t come to the Library, and let us know by emailing firstname.lastname@example.org.
There will be another Relaxed Early Opening for Families on 3 October, if you are interested in that event, please email email@example.com.