Harry Potter: A History of Magic

Open until 28 Feb 2018

Journey to where magic and myth began

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Exhibition FREE

Treasures of the British Library

Monday to Sunday

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

Exhibition FREE

The Eccles Centre for American Studies: A 25th Anniversary Celebration in Portraits

15 Sep 2017 - 8 Apr 2018

An exhibition of portraits by Ander McIntyre

Exhibition FREE

Listen: 140 Years of Recorded Sound

6 Oct 2017 - 13 May 2018

A free exhibition

Coming soon

James Cook: The Voyages

27 Apr 2018 - 28 Aug 2018

Explore original maps, artworks and journals from the voyages

Events at the Library

Talks and Discussions

Japan Now

What is Japan thinking now?

This event has taken place

Other events

Study Day

Doctoral Students Open Day 2018: 20th & 21st Century Collections

Practical and inspiring open days for first year PhD students


Bengali Tantra and Nationalism: John Woodroffe's writings

How were the writings of Sir John Woodroffe instrumental in the shaping of modern understandings of Tantra?


The Art of Recorded Sound: Peter Cobbin and Kirsty Whalley in conversation

Engineering and mixing for the world's biggest films and events

Panel Discussion

21st-Century Magic

Find out how witches, druids and pagans practice today

Tours of the Library

Library individual tour

Discover more about our history, collections and architecture on this tour - includes the Viewing Gallery

Conservation studio tour

Take a behind-the-scenes tour and see our world-renowned conservators in action

Group tours

Book a group tour for up to 15 people to discover more about our history, collections and architecture - includes the Viewing Gallery.