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, access to our exclusive Members' Room, or the Knowledge Centre Bar on weeknight evenings are just a few. Members can enjoy priority booking for our lively programme of talks and performances, or treat themselves with a 20% discount in our public restaurants, cafes and shops.


£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
  • Entry for you and three guests to the Knowledge Centre Bar, with food and drink every weeknight from 18.00 – 22.00
  • 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

Make the most of your Membership

Anglo-Saxon Kingdoms exhibition at the British Library

Visit our exhibitions for free

We host fascinating exhibitions throughout the year and as a Member you get to see them for free. Come as often as you like. You can bring a guest to share the experience. Become a Member today to enjoy free unlimited visits, subject to availability, to Anglo-Saxon Kingdoms (19 Oct 2018 – 19 Feb 2019).

British Library Members' Room

'The Members' Room is easily one of the best in London'

In search of a London retreat in which to relax, work or meet a friend? Take advantage of our exclusive Members' Room with views of the King's Library and free WiFi. Or bring guests to the Knowledge Centre Bar, part of our state-of-the-art facility for everything from conferences to private events.

British Library events

Get free tickets for events

There's always something happening at the Library. Members can get involved with our lively programme of talks and performances with free tickets, plus take advantage of priority booking for selected events. Highlights from our autumn season include Tommie Smith, Paloma Faith and the Peking Opera.

British Library Shop

Enjoy discounts on food, drink and gifts

Treat yourself to a gift or a delicious meal when you visit the British Library. Our Members get up to 20% off in our shops or online, and in our public cafes and restaurants.

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. Members can bring up to three guests into the Knowledge Centre Bar. 

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 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.