Elizabeth and Mary: Royal Cousins, Rival Queens

Open until 20 Feb 2022

Queens. Cousins. Rivals.

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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 and online

Africa Writes Festival – Day Two

Day Two of Africa Writes, the festival of contemporary African literature and thought.

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Other events

At the Library and online

Africa Writes Festival - Dismantling the Patriarchy: Mona Eltahawy in conversation

A bold, uncompromising feminist manifesto on how to defy and disrupt the patriarchy

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Family screening: Paddington 2

One of the greatest family films of all.


Be Your Own Hero: Celebrating Nawal El Sadaawi

Celebrating a Feminist Icon

At the Library

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

An evening of conversation, poetry and music.

Tours of the Library

Conservation Studio Tour with BSL Interpreter

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

Group visits to exhibitions

Organising your group visit

Treasures tour

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