The British Library is open to everyone and offers Reading Rooms for research and study, exhibitions and events for curious people of all ages, tours and great places to eat, drink and shop.

Visitor information

How to get here

  • The British Library,
  • 96 Euston Road, London,
  • NW1 2DB

Opening times

  • Building open today: 09:30 - 20:00
  • Treasures Gallery: 09:30 - 18:00
  • Exhibition and Shop: 09:30 - 18:00
  • Reader Registration Office: 10:00 - 17:45
  • View full opening times
  • Exhibition opening times vary. During Seasonal Holidays our Reading Rooms are closed. Please see our Opening hours page for details

Things to do

Become a Reader

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

James Cook: The Voyages

Book tickets to our James Cook: The Voyages 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

Facilities

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

Accessibility

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