Leonardo da Vinci: A Mind in Motion

Open until 8 Sep 2019

See inside the mind of Leonardo through his extraordinary notebooks

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Exhibition FREE

The New Londoners

22 Mar 2019 - 4 Aug 2019

22 March – 4 August 2019

Exhibition FREE

Imaginary Cities

5 Apr 2019 - 1 Sep 2019

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


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

Events at the Library

Talks and Discussions

Digital Conversations: Celebrating Ten Years of the New Media Writing Prize

The future of the ‘written’ word

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Other events


Italic Calligraphy and Flourishes

Learn how to write in this distinctive Renaissance style

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Talks and Discussions FREE

Summer Scholars: Eugenics in the United States / American Communist Party

Two talks exploring eugenics in the United States and the American Communist Party

Talks and Discussions

The Fabulosa Story of Polari

The story of Polari, Britain's secret gay language

Family Activity

Family Day: Words as Art

Take part in a fun-filled family day inspired by our exhibition, Writing: Making Your Mark

Limited places

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

Conservation studio tour with BSL interpreter

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