Elizabeth and Mary: Royal Cousins, Rival Queens

Open until 20 Feb 2022

Queens. Cousins. Rivals.

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Exhibition FREE

Treasures of the British Library

Monday to Sunday

For visits from 19 July, you will not need to pre-book to visit the Treasures Gallery. If you want to visit before 19 July, use the following link to book your slot:


Paddington: The Story of a Bear

9 Jul 2021 - 31 Oct 2021

Join Paddington on a new adventure at the British Library this summer.

Events at the Library

At the Library

Inspired by the Past, Inspiring the Future: Somali Week Festival Launch

An evening of conversation, poetry and music.

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Other events


The Longplayer Conversation: Timothy Morton and Denise Ferreira da Silva

Ecology, race and social justice.


Living Nature: Art, Science and Indigenous Knowledge

An afternoon and evening of talks, discussions, and music exploring the positive potential of human relationships with nature. ****NOW ONLINE ONLY***


Sheila Watt-Cloutier in Conversation

The Canadian Inuit advocate explores the challenges facing her region. ***NOW ONLINE ONLY***

Family Activity

Family Illustration Workshops: Hard Stares and Funny Faces

Create funny characters in this illustration workshop

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Tours of the Library

Group visits to exhibitions

Organising your group visit

Conservation Studio Tour with BSL Interpreter

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

Treasures tour

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