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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.

Sir John Ritblat: Treasures of the British Library Gallery is 'The holy grail for history buffs' - Time Out. Magna Carta, Lindisfarne Gospels, Jane Austen's notebook, handwritten lyrics by the Beatles, Leonardo da Vinci's notebook and Nizami's Five Poems are just a few of the Treasures you can see.

Every year the British Library hosts a range of exhibitions, some of which are free. Coming up, journey to where magic and myth began with our Harry Potter: A History of Magic exhibition or celebrate the sound archive with a free exhibition dedicated to taking time to listen.

Enjoy the lively programme of talks, courses, Lates and family events inspired by both the British Library's exhibitions and its diverse collection.

You can eat and drink in one of the cafes or visit the Shop, the perfect place for the curious and literary minded. And discover more about the British Library's history, collections or architecture on a tour of the building.

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Prices and Opening Times

Adult Ticket: Free
Child Ticket: Free
Family Ticket: Free
Senior Ticket: Free

The Library holds two major exhibitions a year which require an entrance charge. See 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 Mon - Thu 09.30 - 20.00; Fri 09.30 - 18.00; Sat 09.30 - 17.00; and Sun 11.00 - 17.00.

Visit our website for details of our Reading Room opening times.

Venue Details & Map

British Library

96 Euston Road
+44 (0)1937 546 060
Public transport:
Nearest mainline stations are Euston or King's Cross St. Pancras. Tube: Next to Kings Cross (Northern, Victoria and Piccadilly lines) and within walking distance of Euston.

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Assistance dogs welcome
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