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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|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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‘Windrush: Songs in a Strange Land’
To mark 70 years since the Empire Windrush carried hundreds of migrants from the Caribbean to London, this exhibition at the British Library explores why people came to the UK, what they left behind and how they have shaped Britain. Listen to jazz and...Exhibitions Until Sunday October 21 2018 Free
Discover the history, art, literature and culture of Anglo-Saxon England at the British Library in an exhibition that makes the most of the Brit Lib's own collection of historic manuscripts, such as the Cnut Gospels, along with many treasures from elsewhere...Friday October 19 2018 - Tuesday February 19 2019
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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!
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.
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!
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.