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British Library

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Not just the domain of hardworking students, the British Library also has special collections to see and interesting exhibitions. The library holds every publication produced in the British Isles. There are so many publications and books, that no one even knows the exact amount, but it is roughly 170 million. Publications that the public can see in the collections range from pre-printing press illuminated manuscripts to music by the Beatles.


2016 is the year of Shakespeare and Punk at the British Library. Could two exhibitions be more different? That’s just what the library is like.


Over summer there are plenty of family events for kids. Find out more here.


Booking Advice:

  • The British Library is FREE
  • Some special exhibitions should be booked in advance online



96 Euston Road

Phone number:

+44 (0)20 7412 7332


Opening hours:

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.

How to get there:

Tube: King’s Cross St Pancras


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Parent Point of View

About London Laura Porter

Laura Porter

  • The statue of Isaac Newton in the piazza, by Eduardo Paolizzi, is a ‘talking statue’.
  • Free wifi available (but you need to set up an account).
  • Do note, the courtyard can be very slippery when wet.
  • Paradoxymoron painting on the lower ground floor is a fun trompe l’oeil.
  • In the music section, use the headphones to listen to the Beatles!
  • The free family trail is great so well worth downloading.
  • You can find loads more information by Laura Porter at 

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