Where to next?

The British Library is the national Library of the United Kingdom. We've got Reading Rooms for research and study, exhibitions, events and tours, and plenty of great places to eat, drink and shop.

Browse our main catalogue for millions of records for books, journals, newspapers, printed maps, music scores and sounds in our collection. You can also join our mailing list for all our latest news.

Make the most of your visit

Become a Reader

Take a seat in one of our Reading Rooms and access over 150 million collection items.

What's on

Browse through our wide range of events.

Eat, Drink, Shop

Dine or refuel yourself in our cafés and restaurant, and explore our range of products in our shop.

Unfinished Business: The Fight for Women's Rights

Book tickets to our Unfinished Business: The Fight for Women's Rights exhibition.

Treasures Gallery

Magna Carta. Jane Austen's notebook. The Beatles' lyrics. Just some of the treasures you can see here.


Use our catalogues to search the majority of the Library's holdings.


For research, inspiration and enjoyment