Anglo-Saxon Kingdoms: Art, Word, War

19 Oct 2018 - 19 Feb 2019

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

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Exhibition FREE

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

Windrush: Songs in a Strange Land

1 Jun 2018 - 21 Oct 2018

A free exhibition

Coming soon
Exhibition FREE

Cats on the Page

23 Nov 2018 - 17 Mar 2019

A free exhibition

Events at the Library


Beowulf – The Epic in Performance

With Benjamin Bagby

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Other events

Talks and Discussions

Atlas: A World of Maps from the British Library

Discover the unique map collection of the British Library

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Talks and Discussions

Looking Forward, Looking Back: Somali Week Festival Launch

Performance and discussion to launch the 10th Somali Week Festival

Talks and Discussions

Lahore Literary Festival 2018

A one-day showcase of the rich cultural traditions of Pakistan in writing and the arts


Anglo-Saxon Jewellery Making Masterclass

Have a go at making Anglo-Saxon inspired jewellery

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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