This year we’ve had to close our doors for many months. During this time we’ve lost vital income from our shops, cafés, events and exhibitions. Now more than ever your support matters. We know it’s easy to forget alternative places to shop when our physical spaces are closed. But our shop is very much open online, ready to help fill your stockings.
And don’t forget to shop by 17 December to receive your order in time for Christmas.
Three reasons to make yours a British Library Christmas
Every purchase helps us keep a world of inspiration open for everyone
We’re a charity so every pound spent with us will go directly back to caring for our collection and opening it up for everyone. You can also donate at the checkout.
Support small businesses
Many of our suppliers are small UK businesses and independent designers and makers who rely on customers like you. Meet some of them below.
Give the unusual
You’ll find an eclectic selection of carefully-curated gifts in our shop, including exclusives you won’t find anywhere else.
On Sunday 29 November we’re joining other UK cultural institutions for #museumshopsunday. Save 10% using code museumshopsunday.
Meet the makers
From Christmas cards to stocking fillers, decorations to stylish homewares, you’ll find more than books in our shop. We’re proud to work with independent producers from across the UK.
Gil Kahana, co-founder of ChattyFeet, produces socks and accessories with illustrated funny characters. Their main inspiration is humour – something we have all welcomed this year. Gil says, “Our products are designed to create silly moments so we use funny names, cheerful illustrations or character stories that use parody.” The pandemic meant that the wholesale side of their business slowed down, but Gil positively points out that “every crisis has opportunities” and it enabled ChattyFeet to focus on selling directly to customers. Unwrapping a pair of David Toewie or William Shakesfeet socks on Christmas morning are bound to generate a few giggles!
Glasgow-based Claudine O’Sullivan designed the bold, colourful nature-inspired prints for our Children’s Tales range, and is a self-confessed natural world obsessive. Like many parents, juggling childcare with work hasn’t been easy this year. But spotting a river heron on daily walks with her daughter during lockdown has inspired her most recent design. Connecting with nature is so beneficial. Bring some into your home.
The natural environment has also been a big focus for greeting card and stationery designer, Katie Leamon. The family-run business has achieved its sustainability pledge for their card packaging to be plastic-free by 2020. The Extract range uses cards and envelopes made from reclaimed coffee cups, and all their products are made in England. So send some sustainable greetings this season.