Writing: Making Your Mark

Open until 27 Aug 2019

Discover the extraordinary story behind one of humankind’s greatest achievements: through more than 100 objects spanning 5,000 years and seven continents

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Imaginary Cities

5 Apr 2019 - 1 Sep 2019

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


Leonardo da Vinci: A Mind in Motion

7 Jun 2019 - 8 Sep 2019

See inside the mind of Leonardo through his extraordinary notebooks

Events at the Library

Talks and Discussions

Gardeners' Question Time at the British Library

The celebrated panel of gardening experts tackle questions put to them by local gardening enthusiasts

Limited places

Other events

Talks and Discussions

Thomas Keneally in Conversation

The author of Schindler's Ark in a rare UK appearance


Illumination Masterclass

Create your own Middle Ages-style illustration

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Talks and Discussions

The Art/Science of the Polymath

Leonardo da Vinci is one of the most famous polymaths ever to live. But did the polymath mind die with the end of the Renaissance?

Talks and Discussions

Mark Radcliffe: In Search for the Moments that Changed Music

Music and its power to transform our lives

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