We're back

We’re open for everyone. All our Reading Rooms and galleries have now reopened, and we’re restarting events in our Knowledge Centre Theatre. We’re so excited to see you.

You can now use our public desks and Members’ Room, and visit our Treasures Gallery without needing to pre-book a ticket. You can also 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.  

And you no longer need to pre-book to visit our Reading Rooms.

Quick Chat

For general enquiries about our services, exhibitions and events Chat with our Customer Services Team.

Quick Chat is available Monday to Friday: 09.30 – 15:00.

Start Quick Chat

When Quick Chat is unavailable, you can contact our Customer Services Team by telephone on +44 (0)1937 546060 during the hours of 09.00 – 16.00, Monday to Friday or by email at customer-services@bl.uk.

Things to do

Become a Reader

Take a seat in one of our Reading Rooms and access over 150 million collection items.

Elizabeth and Mary: Royal Cousins, Rival Queens

Book tickets to our Elizabeth and Mary exhibition.

Treasures Gallery

Magna Carta. Jane Austen's notebook. The Beatles' lyrics. Just some of the treasures you can see here.

Paddington: The Story of a Bear

Book tickets to our Paddington exhibition.

What's on

Browse through our wide range of events.

British Library tours

Discover more about our history, collections and architecture on this tour.

Eat, Drink, Shop

Dine or refuel yourself in our cafés and restaurant, and explore our range of products in our shop.

Family activities

From regular monthly workshops to special Family Days, we welcome families to the British Library to take part in a range of creative activities designed for all the family.

School visits

Arrange inspirational visits to engage your learners with our unique collections.

Further information

Business & IP Centre

The British Library’s Business & IP Centre can help you start, run and grow your business.

Become a Member

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