25 Oct 2019 - 23 Feb 2020

Discover the art, origins and its relevance today

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Exhibition FREE

A Child of Books

9 Aug 2019 - 27 Oct 2019

9 August – 27 October 2019

Coming soon
Exhibition FREE

Marvellous and Mischievous: Literature's Young Rebels

8 Nov 2019 - 1 Mar 2020

A free, family-friendly exhibition bringing together young rebels from children’s literature

Events at the Library

Talks and Discussions FREE

Sounds from the British Library's Archive: Season of Sound Listening Session

Hear a selection of the sounds held in our vast collection

Other events

Talks and Discussions

Screenwriting Practices During the First Indian Talkies

How does one write screenwriting history without early film scripts?

Talks and Discussions

Data Debate: Cities – Smart or Sinister?

Are we heading towards an Orwellian future?

Talks and Discussions

Llenyddiaeth Gymraeg: Caryl Lewis and Gwen Davies in Conversation

The joys and challenges of Welsh-English translation


Film Screening: Everything is Connected – George Eliot's Life

A new Arena documentary by artist Gillian Wearing, followed by a Q+A

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 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