We’re back

Our Reading Rooms and galleries are now open to pre-booked visitors, and we’re so excited to see you. 

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.

Unfinished Business: The Fight for Women's Rights

Book tickets to our Unfinished Business: The Fight for Women's Rights 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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We offer a range of facilities including restaurants, cloakrooms and free WiFi.


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