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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Exhibition FREE

Cats on the Page

23 Nov 2018 - 17 Mar 2019

A free exhibition

Coming soon
Exhibition FREE

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

Monday to Sunday

26 February – 12 May 2019

Coming soon
Exhibition

Imaginary Cities

5 Apr 2019 - 14 Jul 2019

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

Coming soon
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

Special Event

Spring Lantern Festival

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

Other events

Talks and Discussions

Cats vs. Dogs: A Literary Showdown

Which makes the better author's pet?

Talks and Discussions

Manuel Chaves Nogales: Spanish Exiles in London

Discover the legacy of Civil War era Spanish writers exiled in the British capital

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Talks and Discussions

P G Wodehouse: What Ho!

With Matthew Bannister, Hal Cazalet, Robert McCrum and Sophie Ratcliffe

Limited places
Special Event

Cats Book Club: Cats in Graphic Novels

Go between the lines of literary felines

Limited places

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 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