Opening hours

Opening times for the British Library's buildings, exhibition galleries and Reading Rooms in London and Yorkshire

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On Monday 20 February our Treasures Gallery will be closed all day while new displays are installed.

London, St Pancras building opening times 

This includes our public spaces, our permanent Treasures Gallery and our Entrance Hall display space, with the exception of special event days, when these areas may close earlier

 Monday  09.30 – 20.00 
 Tuesday   09.30 – 20.00
 Wednesday  09.30 – 20.00 
 Thursday 09.30 – 20.00  
 Friday 09.30 – 18.00
 Saturday 09.30 – 17.00
 Sunday 11.00 – 17.00

London, St Pancras Reading Rooms opening times

Monday 10.00 – 20.00 (Maps, Manuscripts and Asian & African Studies close at 17.00)
Tuesday 09.30 – 20.00 (Maps, Manuscripts and Asian & African Studies close at 17.00)
Wednesday 09.30 – 20.00 (Maps, Manuscripts and Asian & African Studies close at 17.00)
Thursday 09.30 – 20.00 (Maps, Manuscripts and Asian & African Studies close at 17.00)
Friday 09.30 – 17.00
Saturday 09.30 – 17.00
Sunday Closed

London, St Pancras Reader Registration opening times

Monday –Thursday 09.30 – 17.45 
Friday 09.30 – 16.15
Saturday 09.30 – 16.45

London, St Pancras galleries opening times

This includes our temporary exhibitions in our PACCAR galleries. 

On Monday 20 February our Treasures Gallery will be closed all day while new displays are installed.

Monday, Wednesday, Thursday, Friday  09.30 – 18.00 
Tuesday 09.30 – 20.00
Saturday 09.30 – 17.00
Sunday 11.00 – 17.00

London, St Pancras Members' Room

Monday to Thursday 09.30 – 20.00
Friday 09.30 – 18.00
Saturday 09.30 – 17.00
Sunday 11.00 – 17.00

Refreshments available until 30 minutes before the room closes.

Boston Spa, Yorkshire Reading Room and Reader Registration opening times

Monday – Friday 09.00 – 16.30