Exhibition FREE

Listen: 140 Years of Recorded Sound

6 Oct 2017 - 13 May 2018

A free exhibition

Exhibition FREE

Treasures of the British Library

Monday to Sunday

From Magna Carta and Shakespeare to Ada Lovelace and The Beatles

Coming soon

James Cook: The Voyages

27 Apr 2018 - 28 Aug 2018

Explore the stories, art and maps of those who were there

Events at the Library

Talks and Discussions

Victoria's Kitchen with Annie Gray, Ashley Palmer-Watts and Marcus Wareing

From railways to electric light, the Victorians are famous for changing the face of Britain. But what about in the kitchen?

This event has taken place

Other events

Special Event

The Library of Ideas: Creative Use of the British Library

Discover how the British Library can help you create and develop your own artistic projects

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Delhi Waters from Mughal to British Rule

Waters of Delhi: Continuity and Change under Mughal, Company and British Rule

Talks and Discussions

Artists' Books Now: Here and Now

Celebrate books created by artists

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Talks and Discussions

The Art of the Cookbook

Explore the history of the cookbook

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 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