Why choose us?

View of the Upper Ground Floor transformed for an evening event

We are a unique setting, home to a vast collection of national treasures and centuries of knowledge.

In this magnificent Grade I listed building we offer a range of accessible and inclusive facilities for your event.

Here’s three reasons why you should choose us:

  • We're well connected to other parts of London and the rest of the UK including Birmingham, Liverpool, Manchester, York and Edinburgh; plus direct links to Europe with the Eurostar terminal next door
  • Work with a full, professional event management service, an in house team of AV experts and award-winning chefs
  • By holding your event at the British Library, you’ll help us keep a world of ideas and inspiration open for everyone.

A memorable experience

Explore some of the most awe-inspiring items in our collection with your guests on a private tour. Items can be tailored to the theme of your organisation or event. Take a close look at the greatest works from our literary, scientific, music, art and sacred texts collections on a Treasures Gallery tour. Or choose a building tour to discover what goes on behind the scenes.

Please get in touch to find out more.

What our clients say

“The British Library accommodated our needs, the food was excellent with a wide choice for breakfast and the porridge was divine. During Covid the British Library cannot be faulted. Procedures were followed, staff were helpful, polite and welcoming and I’d definitely look to host another event here again.”
Happy Monday

“I had the confidence that our event would go smoothly and I was right. The team were prepared, organised and very friendly and were on hand when anything was needed but without it being intrusive. The venue itself is nice and spacious. We wouldn’t think twice about holding an event there again in the future.”
PIMFA

“We caught you off-guard from the outset with 20 extra delegates followed by times moving backwards, forwards and sideways… but none of it phased you and your team pulled together to create a seamless display of professionalism and hospitality. We will certainly recommend the British Library to anyone looking for a top-notch venue with outstanding staff.”
Avixa

“The AV and operations team were fantastic and all went very smoothly.”
CILIP

“We are very happy with how the day ran and received positive feedback from our clients.”
Havas Just