James Cook: The Voyages

Open until 28 Aug 2018

Explore the stories, art and maps of those who were there

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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

Treasures of the British Library

Monday to Sunday

From Magna Carta and Shakespeare to Ada Lovelace and The Beatles


Karl and Eleanor Marx

Monday to Sunday

1 May – 5 August

Exhibition FREE

Windrush: Songs in a Strange Land

1 Jun 2018 - 21 Oct 2018

A free exhibition

Events at the Library

Talks and Discussions

Mandela At Rivonia: The Cause, the Words, the Man

Reflections on the remarkable speech

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Other events


Ngāti Rānana: Celebrating 60 Years of Māori Culture in London

A performance celebrating 60 Years of Māori culture in London


Twined End-bands in the Bookbinding Traditions of the Eastern Mediterranean

A five-day practical workshop

Limited places

Infinite Journeys: Interactive Fiction Summer School

Go nonlinear with your literature over five immersive days

Limited places
Family Activity FREE

Library Legends

Join storyteller Kevin Graal for a fun and informative session

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