British Library

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A copy of every publication produced in the UK and Ireland is sent to The British Library – an institute that has amassed a collection of more than 150 million items and adds some 3 million new items each year. The public can apply for access to the reading rooms, or simply explore the permanent and temporary exhibits in the John Ritblat Gallery. Here, some of the most famous written and printed items in the world are displayed, and you might see the Lindisfarne Gospels, Shakespeare’s first Folio, Handel’s Messiah, the Gutenberg Bible, drafts of the Magna Carta and the Beatles’ manuscripts.

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Venue name: British Library
Address: 96
Euston Rd
Opening hours: Mon-Thu 9.30am-8pm; Fri 9.30am-6pm; Sat 9.30am-5pm; Sun 11am-5pm
Transport: Tube: King’s Cross/Euston Rail: St Pancras International/King’s Cross/Euston
Price: Free (permanent collection); admission charge applies for some temporary exhibitions
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  • Exhibitions Until Sunday May 22 2016 Free
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  • Exhibitions Until Tuesday September 6 2016
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  • Exhibitions Friday May 13 2016 - Sunday October 2 2016 Free
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  • Exhibitions Tuesday May 24 2016 - Sunday October 2 2016 Free
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Chris A

The free exhibition in the BL is one of my favourite in London and is a great place to take family or friends, or even fill half an hour if you're waiting for a train at Euston. It has the original manuscripts of some of the most important books and documents in the world - everything from ancient religious texts to Beatles lyrics scribbled on napkins. Best of all, it's totally free. They also have a nifty little gift shop!

Cheeky Bellini

This is the place where the Magna Carter is stored. Need I say more. There is also collection ancient scriptures and rare books stored in this place. The setting bring an element of old world charm with modern decor where people could read or study. You could definitely spend hours in here reading, studying and looking at the free exhibition.

Tiago Almeida

It was my first time at the library and I've found it impressive.

Have signed up to the newsletter to ensure I'll go back soon. :)

Jodie S

Inspiring permanent gallery with priceless artefacts like an original Magna Carta and one off exhibitions on interesting subjects, like animals in books. Love it here, keep going back for more. Plus you can read your own books if you like!

Carol O

A place to sit and think. Hugely important centre of knowledge in the centre of London

Tom W

A shining light of modern learning that manages to feel fresh and relevant without taking away any of the gravitas of what lies within. Great free exhibitions and work space.

Paul W

So much great stuff! As well as 150 million (150 million!) items, fantastic and varied range of events and exhibitions. I get more from it every time!

Hannah G

The BL is so much more than the national Library - so many interesting free events, exhibitions and lovely nooks to explore. I love spending my free moments day dreaming about the great minds that have passed through here and what traces of thoughts they have left behind. Also the best public 'facilities' in town.


Definitely worth visiting, especially since you don't have to pay to see the main exhibition.


The British Library have some great exhibitions and public events. Def worth a look!