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

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

Handwriting: Then and Now

From carving on stone to putting pen to paper

Limited places

Other events

Talks and Discussions

The Order of the Day: Éric Vuillard

A look at the past serves as a warning to our political crises of today

Limited places
Talks and Discussions

Chernobyl: History of a Tragedy

Award-winning historian Serhii Plokhy in conversation with Luke Harding

Family Activity FREE

Family Takeover: Make and Create

Time to take over our Learning Centre with creative family fun

Family Activity

Phoenix of Persia

Celebrate the launch of The Phoenix of Persia with this spellbinding storytelling event

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