Alexander the Great: The Making of a Myth

21 Oct 2022 - 19 Feb 2023

When it comes to making myths, Alexander the Great’s story has it all.

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Treasures of the British Library

Monday to Sunday

From Magna Carta and Shakespeare to Florence Nightingale and Gandhi. Explore some of the world’s most exciting, beautiful and significant books, maps and manuscripts.



20 May 2022 - 2 Oct 2022

50 spectacular manuscripts from around the world.

Upcoming events


International Translation Day

The annual event for translators, translation and translated literature.

Other events


Mah Laqa Bai and Courtesans in the British Library's Collections

Learn about the history of courtesans in South Asia and their contributions to literature and culture.

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At the Library Course

Food Writing Masterclass

Learn how to articulate what you taste

Limited places
At the Library Course


Discover Gothic literature

Limited places
At the Library and online

I'll Be There: An Evening with Duke Fakir of The Four Tops

In conversation with one of the great vocal groups.

Tours of the Library

Treasures tour

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

Building tour

Discover more about our history, collection and architecture on a tour of the public areas of the Library.

Group visits to exhibitions

Organising your group visit