We’ll be reopening our Reading Rooms, Reader Registration, public desks and Members’ Room from Tuesday 20 April, and we can’t wait to see you.

In the meantime, stay connected wherever you are on our digital channels and with our digital collections.

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.

Hebrew Manuscripts: Journeys of the Written Word

Book tickets to our Hebrew Manuscripts exhibition.

Treasures Gallery

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

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.

School visits

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

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.

Further information

Business & IP Centre

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

Become a Member

Unique and memorable experiences for you, your friends and family with Membership


We offer a range of facilities including restaurants, cloakrooms and free WiFi.


We aim to provide an accessible environment for all our visitors.