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
- 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 half price tickets*
- 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. Limitations and restrictions apply. See terms and conditions. Half price tickets available to book from 29 November 2022.
£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 firstname.lastname@example.org / +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. Visit Alexander the Great: The Making of Myth (until 19 February) and discover the fantastical stories that turned his legacy into legend. In our other gallery Chinese and British celebrates the history and impact of vibrant Chinese communities across the UK.
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. 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.
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 to I claim my half price tickets?
Just pop an event ticket in your basket and when you log in, the discount will automatically apply to your basket. Half price tickets can be redeemed on all events except Adult Courses, Late at the Library evenings and other select exceptions. Tickets can be booked online or by calling our box office on +44(0)1937 546 546.
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.
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