British Library Membership

Each annual Membership allows you and your loved ones to enjoy our unique events and create lasting memories. With lots of exciting benefits, there's something for every Member to discover.

Perks such as unlimited free entry to our exhibitions and access to our exclusive Members' Room are just a couple. Members can enjoy priority booking for our lively programme of talks and performances, or treat themselves with a 20% discount in our public restaurants, cafés and shops.

As featured in the Evening Standard's best London gallery and museum memberships of 2019

We're back

Our Reading Rooms and galleries have now reopened, and we’re so excited to see you.

You can book to visit our exhibition Elizabeth and Mary: Royal Cousins, Rival Queens (8 October – 20 February), or see Paddington: The Story of a Bear  (open until 31 October) before it closes. You could also visit our Treasures Gallery too.

Find out more about how we’re welcoming you back safely.


£80 a year by Direct Debit

(£87 by credit/debit card)


  • Free entry for you and a guest to British Library exhibitions*
  • Exclusive access for you and a guest to the daytime Members’ Room, overlooking the King’s Library
  • Priority booking for events and up to four free event tickets each year*
  • Listings guides sent direct so you’re always up to date with what’s on
  • 20% off in our public restaurants, cafés and shops

*Subject to availability. Free tickets cannot be used on Adult Courses and other select exceptions.


£120 a year by Direct Debit

(£127 by credit/debit card)


  • Two Membership cards, with each cardholder receiving the benefits listed above


£500 a year

(£115 benefit value, £385 suggested donation value)


Support the British Library with an additional donation and become a Benefactor Member. As a thank you, you will receive:

  • A British Library Membership and all the associated benefits
  • Invitation to the Library’s exclusive Annual Supporters’ Party
  • Biannual Supporters’ Newsletter to keep you up to date with news from the Library and the difference your donation makes

To find out more about becoming a Benefactor Member please contact / +44 (0)20 7412 7141

Make the most of your Membership

Book your exhibition tickets

You can now plan your visit to our galleries. As a Member you can visit as many times as you like. Don’t forget you can also bring a friend for free.

We’re open to everyone, wherever you are

Keep your mind stimulated and ideas flowing as we continue to inspire you wherever you are. From evocative sound files and expert podcasts to seldom seen maps and stirring speeches – we’ll ensure that your mind can still wander where your feet cannot. Explore via the Discover & Learn part of our website.


Your Members' Room

You can now visit your Members' Room without needing to pre-book, and our full menu of refreshments is back. All the comforts you're used to will be here, with comfy seating, work desks, Wi-Fi and power sockets available throughout. Please continue to wear a face covering while you're here, especially when speaking with staff and other users or in a crowded place.

20% off in our Cafés and Shops

Drop by our cafés and restaurants for 20% off your refreshments. As a Member you also get a discount in our shops. Treat yourself to new read, a fancy piece of stationery, or a memento from your exhibition visit.

Frequently asked questions

How do I claim my discount in the shops and cafés?

Simply present your Membership card when you make a purchase and the discount will be applied.

How do I claim my four free tickets?

Your free tickets can be redeemed on all events except Adult Courses, Late at the Library evenings and other select exceptions, and will be applied at the point of booking. To book event tickets simply call the box office on +44(0)1937 546 546. If you bought Membership online, you can log into your online account and redeem your free tickets when booking events online.

What happens if I visit and forget/or have lost my Membership card?

Members will not be able to access discounts and Membership benefits such as admission to exhibitions and the Members’ Room without a valid Membership card. If you have lost your Membership card, a replacement can be printed from the Information, Tickets & Membership Desk at St Pancras. This will render your lost/forgotten card inactive. Alternatively you can telephone Customer Services on +44(0)1937 546 060. They will be happy to post a replacement card to you.

Who can I bring with me when I visit?

Members can bring a guest with them to exhibitions and into the Members’ Room. For more details read our Members' Room terms of use

What do I do if I’ve forgotten the password to my online account?

Please call +44(0)1937 546 060 and our team will help you.

Where can I find your Membership terms and conditions?

You can read our Membership terms and conditions and Members' Room terms of use here.

What kind of services do you provide in the Members' Room?

The Members’ Room is an oasis in the heart of King’s Cross. Comfortable seating is complemented by a table-service bar which offers a delicious range of food, drinks and alcohol. Laptop- and phone-charging points and free WiFi are also provided. For more details read our Members' Room terms of use