Writing: Making Your Mark

Open until 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 Leonardo through his extraordinary notebooks

Events at the Library

Talks and Discussions

How to Write a Book in a Day: The Rathbones Folio Sessions

With A L Kennedy, Louise Doughty, Kate Clanchy, Owen Sheers and friends

Other events

Talks and Discussions FREE

The Rathbones Folio Mentorships

See what gifted young students can do


Wiki-Food and Mostly Women

Spend a day diversifying Wikipedia's food-related topics

Talks and Discussions

The Music of Egalitarian Hunter-Gatherers

How can thinking about music and sound enhance our understandings of human social relations?


Film Screening: When Football Banned Women

A free screening of the documentary

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