Your guide to the Library, opening times and more
We're open for everyone...
In London you can use our St Pancras Reading Rooms and public desks and visit all our galleries, including the free Treasures Gallery. We’ve also got events, courses, activities for schools, our Business and IP Centre, and if you’re a British Library Member, you can visit our Members’ Room.
In Yorkshire you can use our Boston Spa Reading Rooms. We also have a growing programme of workshops, events and exhibitions in Leeds and the surrounding area.
We’re working hard at both our sites to make sure everyone can visit us safely.
Our opening hours
For general enquiries about our services, exhibitions and events Chat with our Customer Services Team.
Quick Chat is available Monday to Friday: 09.30 – 16.00.
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 – 16.30, Monday to Friday or by email at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Things to do
How to use the Library
It’s all yours. Get a free British Library Reader Pass to use study space and access over 170 million items.
Magna Carta. Jane Austen's notebook. The Beatles' lyrics. Just some of the treasures you can see here.
Eat, Drink, Shop
Dine or refuel yourself in our cafés and restaurant, and explore our range of products in our shop.
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.
Business & IP Centre
The British Library’s Business & IP Centre can help you start, run and grow your business.
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