Leonardo da Vinci: A Mind in Motion

Open until 8 Sep 2019

See inside the mind of Leonardo through his extraordinary notebooks

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Exhibition FREE

The New Londoners

29 Mar 2019 - 7 Jul 2019

22 March – 7 July 2019

Exhibition FREE

Imaginary Cities

5 Apr 2019 - 14 Jul 2019

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


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 seven continents

Events at the Library


The ZEE Jaipur Literature Festival Sunday Pass

A taster of ‘the greatest literary show on Earth’

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Other events

Talks and Discussions

Religious Unbelief in Life Story Interviews

Listen to interviewees talk about their experience of not believing in God or gods

Talks and Discussions FREE

A History of Swamps, or How We Built Sinking Cities?

A history of the growth and development of Calcutta in the 19th century through aspects of land-making and land-reclamation as urbanisation

Talks and Discussions

TANK Book Talks: Victor Burgin and Leslie Dick

Photography and Writing

Talks and Discussions


Explore water in literature

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

Windrush Sound Tours

Join a curated sound tour to mark Windrush Day

Conservation studio tour

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

Conservation studio tour with audio description

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