Anglo-Saxon Kingdoms: Art, Word, War

Open until 19 Feb 2019

600 years. 180 spectacular treasures. A once-in-a-generation exhibition.

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Treasures of the British Library

Monday to Sunday

From Magna Carta and Shakespeare to Ada Lovelace and The Beatles

Exhibition FREE

The Philatelic Exhibition

Monday to Sunday

Discover some of the rarest and most significant stamps from one of the world's greatest collections

Exhibition FREE

Beyond Timbuktu: Preserving the Manuscripts of Djenné, Mali

28 Sep 2018 - 6 Jan 2019

28 September 2018 – 6 January 2019

Coming soon
Exhibition FREE

Cats on the Page

23 Nov 2018 - 17 Mar 2019

A free exhibition

Events at the Library

Talks and Discussions

Evolutionist Maynard Smith on Science and Religion

Explore the views of British evolutionary biologist John Maynard Smith on science, religion and the relationship between them

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Talks and Discussions

Prelude to Quit India in Bengal, 1940-42

A look at war-time colonial state policies

Talks and Discussions

Serhiy Zhadan: Ukraine's Enfant Terrible

Discover one of the leading voices of this century

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Talks and Discussions

How Maps Made America

Explore five centuries of American history through remarkable maps

Talks and Discussions

Inspiring Entrepreneurs: Work Like a Woman with Mary Portas

The Queen of Shops discusses her new manifesto

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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

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