Relaxed Early Opening for Families

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Join us for a free autism-friendly early opening of the British Library

We look forward to welcoming you back to the Library at this 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 and with new measures to keep everyone safe.

Explore our permanent gallery, Treasures of the British Library, and take part in a workshop in our Learning Centre. A dedicated sensory room will also be available for children needing a quieter and calmer space. 

All visitors to this special early opening receive a visual story in advance to provide information on what to expect on arrival. 

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.

Click here to find out more about how we’re welcoming you to the Library safely.

Booking your place

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

We'll contact you if the Library has to close again. 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



Name: Relaxed Early Opening for Families
Where: Harry M Weinrebe Learning Centre
The British Library
96 Euston Road
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When: -
Price: Free Event: £0.00
Enquiries: +44 (0)1937 546546