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


Discovering Literature: Romantics and Victorians

Join us for this week-long summer school exploring Romantic and Victorian literature

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Other events


Summer Scholars: USIA and Iran, and Black Panthers in Illinois

Two scholars explore the United States Information Agency and Black Panther Party Activism

Talks and Discussions

Patrick O'Brian: Novelist of the Sea

A celebration of the author

Limited places
Talks and Discussions

Sex, Botany and Empire: Patricia Fara

Patricia Fara introduces the botanist aboard James Cook's Endeavour

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Talks and Discussions FREE

Lineages of Housing Question in Colonial Delhi

From 1920–1940s

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