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About the The British Library

The UK's national library in a striking building, but is also host to a regular set of exhibitions.

There's usually a modest sized history exhibition, which is free to visit, and often some sort of art event in the main courtyard.

They also host headline event exhibitions a couple of times per year, which are usually paid entry, but fill an entire hall with the exhibits on display.

The library itself is not open to the public, but the rest of the site is.

IMPORTANT - Although venues are reopening, their hours may differ from normal, and most now need prebooking before you visit.


Address

The British Library,
96 Euston Road,
London,
NW1 2DB

Link to The British Library's website

 

Exhibitions opening soon

Paddington: The Story of a Bear
Featuring over 50 books, documents, film clips and original artworks, the exhibition explores Michael Bond’s creation of Paddington, from his arrival in the UK from Peru, to finding a new home, and his adventures in London.
Open from Fri 9th July to Sun 31st October
Paddington: The Story of a Bear
2021-06-19
2021-06-19
 

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Fequently asked questions

What's the nearest railway station to The British Library

The nearest station is London St Pancras International LL Rail Station which is 0.2 miles away.


The British Library - Latest News

Paddington Bear exhibition comes to the British Library
Paddington Bear exhibition comes to the British Library

The British Library is opening an exhibition this summer all about a bear with a penchant for marmalade sandwiches.

British Library releases 18,000 maps and views for free
British Library releases 18,000 maps and views for free

The British Library has released a huge archive of nearly 18,000 maps that have been digitised and are available for free – with no copyright restrictions.

Marvellous and Mischievous at the British Library
Marvellous and Mischievous at the British Library

An exhibition is open at the British Library which looks at how books for children transformed from boringly educational for young adults through to entertaining children

Puss in books in the British Library
Puss in books in the British Library

Long before cats appeared on the internet, they appeared in books, and their comic antics are currently the topic of an exhibition at the British Library.

New exhibition shows off Captain Cook’s collections
New exhibition shows off Captain Cook’s collections

A new exhibition is opening to mark the 250th anniversary of James Cook’s ship Endeavour setting sail to eventually discover Australia, several Pacific lands and observe the transit of Venus.

Hear 140 years of Recorded Sound at the British Library
Hear 140 years of Recorded Sound at the British Library

The British Library is not just a space for silent contemplation of worthy tomes, it’s also a huge collection of audio recordings, and some are now on “display”.

Britain’s 100 best railway stations at the British Library
Britain’s 100 best railway stations at the British Library

In a talk at the British Library, Simon Jenkins tells the stories behind the development, triumphs and follies of that great British institution: the railway station.

Love, law and liberty – Gay literary lives at the British Library
Love, law and liberty – Gay literary lives at the British Library

This year marks the 50th anniversary of the partial decriminalisation of homosexuality between men, and the British Library is taking a look at the literary side of gay love.

Reflecting on the Russian Revolution at the British Library
Reflecting on the Russian Revolution at the British Library

This year marks the 100th anniversary of the Russian revolution of 1917, and the British Library has taken the opportunity to look at how it affected people far from the palaces and centres of power.

 

Recent exhibitions

Celebrate some of the most popular entertainments of Victorian times
2021-06-19
2021-06-19
From the trial of Oscar Wilde to the Same Sex Marriage Act, through personal testimony, public protest, art and culture.
2021-06-19
2021-06-19
Chloe Dewe Mathews photographs explore the environmental and social issues of our time through the themes of Mary Shelley’s novel.
2021-06-19
2021-06-19
Discover the links between the British Library and Karl Marx and his daughter Eleanor, through original documents from their work in the British Museum Reading Room
2021-06-19
2021-06-19
A landmark exhibition on the history, art, literature and culture of Anglo-Saxon England.
2021-06-19
2021-06-19
 Marvellous and Mischievous: Literature's Young Rebels
A family-friendly exhibition bringing together young rebels from children’s literature
2021-06-19
2021-06-19

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