Writing: Making Your Mark

26 Apr 2019 - 27 Aug 2019

Discover the extraordinary story behind one of humankind’s greatest achievements: through more than 100 objects spanning 5,000 years and seven continents

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Exhibition FREE

Friendship Before Facebook: Social Networks in a Pre-Digital Age

Monday to Sunday

26 February – 12 May 2019

Exhibition FREE

The New Londoners

29 Mar 2019 - 7 Jul 2019

22 March – 7 July 2019

Exhibition FREE

Imaginary Cities

5 Apr 2019 - 14 Jul 2019

Discover how our increasingly digital world could change the future of collections

Coming soon

Leonardo da Vinci: A Mind in Motion

7 Jun 2019 - 8 Sep 2019

See inside the mind of one of the world’s greatest artists

Events at the Library

Talks and Discussions

Joe Orton: What The Butler Saw

With Timothy West, John Tillinger, Nikolai Foster, Julia Foster and Hayward Morse

Other events

Talks and Discussions

Cookery Writers as National Treasures

How do cookbook writers become national treasures?

Limited places
Talks and Discussions

Taste: How Does It Work?

With Yotam Ottolenghi, Bee Wilson and Tim Spector

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Talks and Discussions

Robinson Crusoe at 300

Celebrate a book often considered to be the first English novel

Limited places
Talks and Discussions

Xu Bing in Conversation

An evening with the acclaimed artist

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

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

Windrush Sound Tours

Join a curated sound tour to mark Windrush Day

Group visits to exhibitions

Book a group visit and you’ll receive a 10% discount on your ticket price