Elizabeth and Mary: Royal Cousins, Rival Queens

Open until 20 Feb 2022

Queens. Cousins. Rivals.

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Exhibition FREE

Treasures of the British Library

Monday to Sunday

For visits from 19 July, you will not need to pre-book to visit the Treasures Gallery. If you want to visit before 19 July, use the following link to book your slot:


Paddington: The Story of a Bear

9 Jul 2021 - 31 Oct 2021

Join Paddington on a new adventure at the British Library this summer.

Events at the Library

At the Library

Bangladesh 50 Film Double Bill The Salt in our Waters Shongram

A double bill of acclaimed films from Bangladeshi directors

Other events

At the Library

Bangladesh 50 at the British Library: a celebration

A spotlight on Bengali culture with music, dance, talks, projections and more.

At the Library and online

Literature Matters – RSL 200: David Harewood in conversation with Gary Younge

An exploration of race, identity, breakdown and recovery

At the Library and online

The Dawn of Everything: A New History of Humanity

The launch of a major new work on the origins of human society, and all that has followed.

At the Library and online

Mary Queen of Scots: The Power and the Glory

Far from a naïve Queen, discover how Mary wielded her power and influence.

Tours of the Library

Group visits to exhibitions

Organising your group visit

Treasures tour

A one-hour journey through some of the Treasures of the British Library

Conservation Studio Tour with BSL Interpreter

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