25 Oct 2019 - 23 Feb 2020

Discover the art, origins and its relevance today

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Exhibition FREE

A Child of Books

9 Aug 2019 - 27 Oct 2019

9 August – 27 October 2019

Coming soon
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


Walk Cheerfully film screening

Introduction by Bryony Dixon (BFI)

Other events

Talks and Discussions

Digitally Preserving the World's Most Vulnerable Manuscripts

Digital preservation of manuscripts from the world’s most threatened communities

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Talks and Discussions

Karen Armstrong: Rescuing the Sacred Texts

One of the world’s leading authorities on religious affairs explores our relationship with holy texts in the modern world

Talks and Discussions

Letters and Postal Markings Their History and Significance

A Postal History symposium and workshop

Limited places

Art and Culture During Political Change: Somali Week Festival

Celebrate the launch of Somali Week Festival

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 audio description

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