Time Out says
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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|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|
|Opening hours:||Mon-Thu 9.30am-8pm; Fri 9.30am-6pm; Sat 9.30am-5pm; Sun 11am-5pm|
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Exquisite Patterns: Japanese Textile Design
The British Library's small, free displays are often hidden gems. This one draws on the institution's own collection of Japanese pattern books, showing gorgeous illustrations designed for kimono merchants and commercial publications. Looks lovely.Until Sunday May 17 2020
Hebrew Manuscripts: Journeys of the Written Word
From one of the earliest scientific works written in Hebrew, through to mystical meditation guides and a spell book, this exhibition brings together achingly beautiful and painstakingly detailed manuscripts. Stretching back to the 10th century, the documents...Until Sunday August 2 2020
Unfinished Business: The Fight for Women’s Rights
For their major spring/summer exhibition 2020, the British Library considers how far we have (and haven't) come in the fight for women's rights. The achievements of trailblazers like Cornelia Sorabji (the first woman to study law at Oxford) and Hope Powell...Friday April 24 2020 - Sunday August 23 2020
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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.