Writing: Making Your Mark

26 Apr 2019 - 27 Aug 2019

Discover the extraordinary story behind one of humankind’s greatest achievements: through more than 100 objects spanning 5,000 years and five continents

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Exhibition FREE

Cats on the Page

23 Nov 2018 - 17 Mar 2019

A free exhibition

Coming soon
Exhibition FREE

Friendship Before Facebook: Social Networks in a Pre-Digital Age

Monday to Sunday

26 February – 12 May 2019

Coming soon

Imaginary Cities

5 Apr 2019 - 14 Jul 2019

Explore how our increasingly digital world could change the future of collections

Coming soon

Leonardo da Vinci: A Mind in Motion

7 Jun 2019 - 8 Sep 2019

See inside the mind of one of the world’s greatest artists

Events at the Library

Talks and Discussions

P G Wodehouse: What Ho!

With Matthew Bannister, Hal Cazalet, Robert McCrum and Sophie Ratcliffe

Limited places

Other events

Special Event

Cats Book Club: Cats in Graphic Novels

Go between the lines of literary felines

Limited places
Talks and Discussions

40 Years of Gay's The Word: A Celebration

An evening of conversation, stories and author readings

Sold out
Talks and Discussions

Japan Now

Explore contemporary writing and culture from Japan

Study Day

Doctoral Students Open Day 2019 – 20th-and 21st-Century Collections

Practical and inspiring open days for first year PhD students

Tours of the Library

Building tour

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

Treasures tour

A one hour journey through some of the Treasures of the British Library

Conservation studio tour

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

Conservation studio tour with BSL interpreter

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

Group visits to exhibitions

Book a group visit and you’ll receive a 10% discount on your ticket price and special offers in our on-site restaurant and cafés