Harry Potter: A History of Magic

Open until 28 Feb 2018

Journey to where magic and myth began

Book now Members go free
Exhibition FREE

Treasures of the British Library

Monday to Sunday

Magna Carta. Jane Austen's notebook. The Beatles' lyrics. Just some of the treasures you can see here.

Exhibition FREE

The Eccles Centre for American Studies: A 25th Anniversary Celebration in Portraits

15 Sep 2017 - 8 Apr 2018

An exhibition of portraits by Ander McIntyre

Exhibition FREE

Listen: 140 Years of Recorded Sound

6 Oct 2017 - 13 May 2018

A free exhibition

Coming soon

James Cook: The Voyages

27 Apr 2018 - 28 Aug 2018

Explore original maps, artworks and journals from the voyages

Events at the Library

Study Day

Doctoral Students Open Day 2018: 19th Century Collections

Practical and inspiring open days for first year PhD students

Limited places

Other events


Bones to Bytes: Curating the Chinese Collections at the Library

Delve into the Chinese Collections at the British Library


Discovering Literature: 20th-Century Writers

Explore the ways in which iconic writers of the last century experimented with new forms and themes to capture the fast-changing world around them

Limited places

Storytelling and Politics: How History, Myths and Narratives Drive Our Decisions

With Mark Laity, NATO

Limited places

The Turntable Revolution

How the turntable not only invented the music business, but also changed our lives

Tours of the Library

Library individual tour

Discover more about our history, collections and architecture on this tour - includes the Viewing Gallery

Conservation studio tour

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

Group tours

Book a group tour for up to 15 people to discover more about our history, collections and architecture - includes the Viewing Gallery.