This month in Learning

Leonardo da Vinci: Drawing with Water

Experiment with water as both subject for drawing and a tool to draw with during this two-day course.

Family Takeover: Make and Create

Time to take over our Learning Centre with FREE creative family fun. Enjoy playful multisensory activities exploring our sound collection. Families are welcome to drop in at any point during the session. Stay for 10 minutes or the full four hours!

British Accents and Dialects

Listen to the UK's rich landscape of regional accents and dialects and understand the differences and similarities with our expert commentary

Exploring Sacred Texts CPD for Religious Education Teachers

Join us for this one-day conference at the British Library celebrating the launch of our brand-new Discovering Sacred Texts web resource & the opening of our major exhibition Buddhism

Visits and workshops

Inspirational visits to engage learners with our unique collections

Primary schools

We offer a range of free workshops for primary school groups which use our gallery spaces to develop creative thinking, visual and verbal literacy and research skills.

Secondary schools and college workshops

We offer a range of free workshops for secondary schools and further education groups which use our gallery spaces to develop creative thinking, visual and verbal literacy and research skills.

Adult learning

We offer a range of learning opportunities for adults, from in-depth courses and masterclasses to workshops for ESOL learners and adults with learning disabilities.

Family activities

From regular monthly workshops to special Family Days, we welcome families to the British Library to take part in a range of creative activities designed for all the family.

Teacher events and CPD

Our Continuing Professional Development programme includes evening events and day-long conferences, many of which are in partnership with other institutions. We provide opportunities for teachers to broaden their subject knowledge and reinvigorate their passion for their subject.

How to book your visit

Practical information about bringing your group to the British Library, from completing our booking form to details on getting here.

Featured online resources

Unique collection items and expert commentary related to History, English, Religious Studies and Citizenship

Discovering Literature: Shakespeare & Renaissance writers

Learn more about the world of Shakespeare & Renaissance writers. Explore a range of critical views on key plays & poems.

World War One

Discover how World War One affected people on different sides of the conflict via this collection of over 500 historical sources contributed by libraries from across Europe.

Magna Carta

Explore the origins & 800-year legacy of Magna Carta, & discover its relevance to justice, liberty & the law today.

Featured teaching resources

A range of teaching resources to help you plan lessons, design schemes of work and set homework tasks

19th-century non-fiction texts: Education

This thematic collection (drawn from Discovering Literature: Romantics and Victorians) will allow students to read and understand 19th-century non-fiction texts, and support them in identifying key features for a range of genres, audiences and purposes.

Ages 14 to 16

Ages 16 to 18

West India Regiments

Subjects explored in this pack include colonial history, empire, the slave trade, and military history. The West India Regiments project explores how British-armed people of African descent served within the wider British Army in the 18th and 19th centuries.

Ages 11 to 14

Priestley's An Inspector Calls: social responsibility

Develop understanding and examine the theme of social responsibility, and use the medium of drama to present character's views.

Ages 11 to 14

Ages 14 to 16

Learning projects

West Africa community project

Film series from the recent West Africa Community Project

All projects

Case studies

…I don’t think you could ask for a more conducive learning environment…

Teacher Chris Levack regularly brings his students to the British Library for inspirational visits.

…we felt like we had a bond with everybody…

Jessica Rodgers took part in our Writing London project in 2012 engaging young people aged 16-24, outside of formal education, with library and heritage collections.

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