Self-guided visit - Primary

Monday to Friday, 11:00-12:00 or 13:30-14:30 FREE
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  • Admission: Free entry

Self-guided visits to the British Library are a flexible option enabling teachers to lead a group independently. We provide a printed resource with key information and fun activities to do during your visit.

You’ll have the opportunity to:

  • see the magnificent King’s Library – a 7-storey tower of books collected by George III made of gleaming glass and bronze, and with shelves of leather and vellum bindings
  • explore the Treasures of the British Library gallery which showcases some of the greatest works from our literary, scientific, music, art and sacred texts collections. Discover the stories that have shaped the world from Magna Carta and Shakespeare to Florence Nightingale and Gandhi
  • discover the Library’s architecture and public spaces to discover more about the inner workings of a national library

Visit slots last for one hour, must be booked in advance and are offered subject to availability.

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Age group: Years 3 - 6
When: Monday to Friday, 11:00-12:00 or 13:30-14:30
Length: 60 minutes
Group size:

Maximum group size: 35 (including accompanying adults)

Key skills: English, History, Cross-curricular
Price: Admission: Free entry
Where: Harry M Weinrebe Learning Centre
The British Library
96 Euston Road
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Enquiries: +44 (0) 20 7412 7797
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