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Address: 96 Euston Road | St Pancras, London NW1 2DB, England
Phone Number:
+44 1937 546060
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09:30 - 18:00
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Sun 11:00 - 17:00
Mon 09:30 - 18:00
Tue 09:30 - 20:00
Wed - Fri 09:30 - 18:00
Sat 09:30 - 17:00
Recommended length of visit: 1-2 hours
Fee: No
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Open to all visitors seven-days-a-week, this superb building by Sir Colin...

Open to all visitors seven-days-a-week, this superb building by Sir Colin St John Wilson offers events, special exhibitions and a Treasures Gallery that displays over 200 items, including Magna Carta, a Gutenberg Bible and lyrics by the Beatles.

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I like the British Library as a place to have a nice bowl of soup etc at lunch. This time I did the guided tour of the library which was absolutely fascinating! I highly recommend... read more

5 of 5 bubblesReviewed 2 days ago
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St Ives, United Kingdom
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 days ago NEW

I like the British Library as a place to have a nice bowl of soup etc at lunch. This time I did the guided tour of the library which was absolutely fascinating! I highly recommend that. Free and always open is a room of their treasures which is well worth a browse plus some free changing exhibtions in the public... More 

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Zurich, Switzerland
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 3 days ago NEW

I used the archives in the British Library for my PhD research. They are wonderful! It is also an ideal place for study.

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Brighton, United Kingdom
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3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 4 days ago NEW

Went specifically to see the Map Exhibition as it sounded good and we love how history can be seen in older maps, Felt that the exhibition was poorly curated and displayed, it lacked a consistent format. For example it could have been organised chronologically, or by data type (demographics), or use (military} and so on. The collection felt disorganised and... More 

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Canberra, Australia
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 4 days ago NEW

The Treasures of the British Library exhibition is just an incredible experience, which should not be missed! There are so many beautiful, rare and historically significant artifacts to see: original writings and notebooks of greats such as Elizabeth I, Charles Stuart, Da Vinci; and the illuminated drawings from Lindisfame Gospels - just to mention a few of the 200 items... More 

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Liverpool, United Kingdom
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 4 days ago NEW via mobile

I love looking out over the British library from the hotel next door. On a sunny day it's great to people watch. You can sit outside in the square too. Inside they run exhibitions on certain books or things - when I went there was one about maps. They apparently have every book ever published - my bookshelf is too... More 

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Goshen, Indiana
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 5 days ago NEW via mobile

There are a lot of places I went in London. This barely made my list, but it was my favorite! What a privilege to see the Magna Carta, Gutenberg Bible, Michelangelo's notes...and SO much more.

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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 6 days ago NEW

The external architecture can best be described as leftover brutalism, only in red brick as opposed to concrete. But get past that, and inside there is a lot to enjoy, even if you are not a registered user (which is a requirement to access the reference sections). The King's Library tower is like an art installation, and there are other... More 

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Greater London, United Kingdom
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 6 days ago NEW

Fabulous modern research library by St. Pancras. Regular exhibitions based round items in the collection - Magna Carta, ancient maps, Henry VIII's manuscripts, Beethoven's original compositions, changing often so check the website. OK cafes (free WiFi), courtyard for warmer days.

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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 week ago NEW via mobile

My kids love books and upon seeing the inside of the building full with fancy old books they were so excited to pick and read those books. But unfortunately you have to register first. And of course, you are in a library so you are expected to be silent. Also there is no special sections for kids. So we just... More 

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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 week ago NEW

This was my third trip to London but the first time I had visited the British Library, and it was one of the highlights of our trip. Seeing Handel's sheet music with his handwritten notations while simultaneously listening to a glorious rendition of the Hallelujah chorus from "The Messiah" was amazing. So were the Shakespeare folios, the Beatles lyrics on... More 

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