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The British Library offers a range of exhibitions, some of them free. The Treasures Gallery tells the remarkable story of over two thousand years of human experience. The British Library also runs a lively events programme. Read More
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The British Library is the UK's national library. It's home to over 170 million collection items covering every age of written civilisation, from Magna Carta, to Jane Austen's notebooks, to lyrics handwritten by the Beatles.

Every year the British Library hosts a range of free and ticketed exhibitions. All year round, you can visit the Treasures Gallery - 'the holy grail for history buffs' (Time Out). Discover iconic items such as Leonardo da Vinci's manuscripts and letters by Ada Lovelace. Or visit the Sound Gallery, a free immersive experience where you can listen to some of the 7 million sounds in the Library's collection, handpicked by curators. From April 2020, explore feminist activism and be inspired by the women who paved the way at Unfinished Business: The Fight for Women's Rights. Join the live debate and add your voice to the many fighting for a fairer world for everyone.

The Library also hosts a lively, ever-changing programme of talks, courses, Lates and family events inspired by both its exhibitions and diverse collection. Top off your visit by stopping for a bite to eat in one of the cafes or the restaurant. And pick up the perfect keepsake at the Shop, stocked with gifts for the curious and literary minded.

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Prices and Opening Times

Child Ticket FREE
Family Ticket FREE
Senior Ticket FREE
Adult Ticket FREE

The Library holds two major exhibitions a year which require an entrance charge. See www.bl.uk/whatson for prices.

Three permanent British Library exhibitions are free of charge. This includes the Treasures gallery which displays over 200 items from around the world, including Magna Carta, Shakespeare’s First Folio, Lewis Carroll’s manuscripts of Alice’s Adventures Under Ground, Beatles lyrics handwritten by John Lennon, and drawings on pages from Leonardo’s Da Vinci’s Notebook.

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Opening Times

Building open Monday to Thursday 09.30 am to 8pm; Friday: 09.30am to 6pm; Saturday: 09.30am to 5pm; Sunday 11am to 5pm. Visit our website for details of our Reading Room opening times.

Venue Details & Map

British Library

Address
96 Euston Road
London
NW1 2DB
Telephone:
+44 (0)1937 546 060
Email
Website
http://www.bl.uk
Public transport:
Mainline stations: Euston, King's Cross and St Pancras are the nearest stations. Tube stations: Next to King's Cross (Northern, Victoria and Piccadilly lines) and within walking distance of Euston.

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