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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Cats on the Page

23 Nov 2018 - 17 Mar 2019

A free exhibition

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Exhibition FREE

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

Monday to Sunday

26 February – 12 May 2019

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Exhibition

Imaginary Cities

5 Apr 2019 - 14 Jul 2019

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

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Exhibition

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

Study Day

Doctoral Students Open Day 2019 – 19th-Century Collections

Practical and inspiring open days for first year PhD students

Other events

Talks and Discussions

The Josephine Hart Poetry Hour: The Poetry of W H Auden

An evening devoted to one of the finest and most influential 20th-century poets

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Talks and Discussions

The Josephine Hart Poetry Hour The Poetry of W H Auden Video Relay

The Josephine Hart Poetry Hour: The Poetry of W H Auden video relay

Special Event

Spring Lantern Festival

Celebrate the Year of the Pig and the Spring Lantern Festival by making your own lantern

Talks and Discussions

Cats vs. Dogs: A Literary Showdown

Which makes the better author's pet?

Tours of the Library

Treasures tour

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

Building 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

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