Open until 23 Feb 2020

Discover the art, origins and its relevance today

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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

Marvellous and Mischievous: Literature's Young Rebels

8 Nov 2019 - 1 Mar 2020

A free, family-friendly exhibition bringing together young rebels from children’s literature

Events at the Library

Special Event

Early at the Library: Meditation, Music and Buddhism

This event has been cancelled. Ticket holders will be contacted by the Box Office.

Other events

Talks and Discussions

A Monk's Guide to Happiness: Meditation in the 21st Century

Monk, teacher and bestselling author Gelong Thubten, meets the editor of The Idler Tom Hodgkinson in conversation.

Talks and Discussions

Notes and Queeries: Laura Bridgeman

Laura Bridgeman speaks to Jonathan Kemp

Limited places
Study Day

Doctoral Students Open Day 2020 Contemporary Society and Culture

Practical and inspiring open days for first year PhD students new to the Library


Cato Street 1820

‘Horrid plot to assassinate the government!’

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, collections and architecture on this tour - includes the Viewing Gallery

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