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British Library

St Pancras
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  • meezan r.
    "Wow, absolutely love the Reading Rooms."(13 Tips)
    Emily S.
    "usually not crowded exhibit of the Magna Carta"(6 Tips)
    Zoe S.
    "Good for informal meetings and has Business and IP centre resource."(5 Tips)
    Roslyn-Nicole F.
    "i love libraries i could have spent weeks in here just reading books"(22 Tips)
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  • Duang P.
    Duang Posathorn2 weeks ago
    Large area to chill out at the park around here
  • Marc T.
    Lots of book. Sadly you'll need a pass to read them.
  • Fatima A.
    Inspiring exhibitions all year round, a great working place and a pleasant retreat for the curious. If you're into coffee don't miss out on Origin's great selection of espresso & filter coffees.
  • Bree
    BreeMay 7
    You'll never regret spending an hour of your trip at this spectacular library. Jaw-dropping collection of books and historical texts.
  • 애란 최.
    Too bad you need a readers pass to access the reading rooms.
  • 애란 최.
    Beautiful library, I particularly fancy the Centre for Conservation, fascinating.
  • Shaymaa
    ShaymaaMarch 2
    See the work of conservation and gain an insight into the techniques used to care for our collections on a ‘behind the scenes' tour of the Conservation studios!
  • Layal J.
    Fantastic place to visit don't miss it
  • Kukkii K.
    Kukkii KoppeeJanuary 7
    Great for books, architecture, people watching.
  • Bianca N.
    Bianca NgAugust 28, 2016
    Amazing collection of the history of print. As a designer who is obsessed with print and typography, I felt goosebumps!
  • Ben E.
    Ben EngenAugust 18, 2016
    Impressive collection that features a must see "treasures" exhibit.
  • Helen L.
    Helen LawsonJuly 30, 2016
    It's a place of work and pleasure - reading rooms and exhibitions. I always like to swing by the treasures gallery when I'm passing.
  • Stephanie W.
    Stephanie WongMay 12, 2016
    Amazing library! Recommend checking out the "Treasures of the British Library" exhibition - its fascinating!
  • Tim J.
    Tim JabulaniApril 26, 2016
    The reading rooms are amazing. A chance to study amongst the greats!
  • Angela K.
    Angela KerriganApril 5, 2016
    Excellent exhibitions here. Also have a meander around the Sir John Ritblat Gallery & see the Magna Carta, Beatles Lyrics & even one of Kenneth Williams Diaries!!
  • Howard W.
    Howard WrigjtMarch 25, 2016
    Cafe good but very busy
  • Hashem S.
    Hashem ShaltootMarch 5, 2016
    I felt instantly smarter once I walked into this magnificent place! 😁
  • Richard
    RichardFebruary 28, 2016
    See an original Magna Carta
  • meezan r.
    meezan rahmanFebruary 27, 2016
    Wow, absolutely love the Reading Rooms. This is how every library should be.
  • Shamsa L.
    Shamsa LootahFebruary 16, 2016
    Absolutely beautiful place to visit if u love libraries! Spend some time reading ❤ or have a bite in the cafe and enjoy looking around. So peaceful
  • Hani E.
    Hani EFebruary 12, 2016
    The exhibits are pretty cool. The bookshop is disappointing. The Alice in Wonderland exhibit was fun!
  • Andrew S.
    Andrew SaffreyFebruary 1, 2016
    a palace of knowledge. very busy in the cafe during the week! free wifi allegedly, but seems to need registration or membership
  • Isha H.
    Isha HartonoJanuary 18, 2016
    Great to get work done with cafe and free wifi. Only open till 8pm tho :(
  • Shell s.
    Shell sterJanuary 13, 2016
    Alice in Wonderland exhibition, Lewis Carrol
  • Cj A.
    Cj AquinoJanuary 7, 2016
    Love the vibe
  • Little Scrapes
    Little ScrapesJanuary 7, 2016
    Always an interesting set of exhibitions on, both free and paid for. Check out their website for details.
  • Little Scrapes
    Little ScrapesDecember 30, 2015
    Besides books, there's a rotating schedule of really interesting exhibitions.
  • Klara V.
    Klara VargaDecember 29, 2015
    They were closed, but they allowed booking guided tour. I was disappointed.
  • Adela
    AdelaDecember 22, 2015
    Great library! I love the exhibitions
  • Alan M.
    Alan MortonNovember 22, 2015
    Reading rooms and areas restricted to members only
  • Y K.
    Y KimNovember 1, 2015
    The bl is running a great exhibition about West Africa. Check this out.
  • Mark A.
    Mark AshworthAugust 29, 2015
    Best Library in the world.
  • Pedro P.
    Pedro PereiraAugust 24, 2015
    Been here 5+ times
    Coffee machine at the third floor (Friends room). 65-85 pence
  • Bobby K.
    Bobby KennedyAugust 21, 2015
    The Hall of Treasures is fascinating and awe-inspiring.
  • Nafis Tahshish I.
    Nafis Tahshish IslamAugust 13, 2015
    The reading rooms.
  • Sophia S.
    Sophia Simon-BashallAugust 11, 2015
    this is a really good, quiet and inspiring place to sit and work/write/read
  • Gagan S.
    Gagan SinghAugust 5, 2015
    Reading rooms are very nice here.
  • Gagan S.
    Gagan SinghAugust 5, 2015
    Free WiFi and grand library.
  • Spotted by Locals - city guides by locals
    Go and visit the permanent collection! It's free! Read more
  • Kristyn U.
    Kristyn UlandayJuly 28, 2015
  • Danny U.
    Danny UKJuly 28, 2015
    Lovely and peaceful, yet there is almost always a hive of activity with visitors working away on laptops.
  • Suzi
    SuziJuly 18, 2015
    Preregister online and order your books before you visit. Some are stored in Yorkshire and take 2 days.
  • Jenn P.
    Jenn PJuly 1, 2015
    Really lovely modern library
  • Aqua G.
    Aqua GirlJune 8, 2015
    Great for working in style
  • Atheer S.
    Atheer SulimanMay 15, 2015
    Been here 5+ times
    A great place to study if you're bored with your uni's library. Electricity sockets available by some tables.
  • Megan M.
    Megan McNishApril 8, 2015
    The Treasures of the British Library is a fantastic exhibit! And they have a nice café to get a pick me up before you're on your way again!
  • Gilbert C.
    Gilbert CorralesMarch 27, 2015
    Free wifi, decent toilets and a great cafe. This is my temp office whenever I'm in London
  • Valentina C.
    Valentina CiolinoMarch 22, 2015
    Cloakroom is free but go a little ahead of time as the queue gets long!
  • Rod V.
    Rod VTMarch 14, 2015
    Don't miss their ancient books exhibition!
  • Rod V.
    Rod VTMarch 1, 2015
    The one and only!
  • Emily S.
    Emily SkarbekMarch 1, 2015
    Amazing free, quick, and usually not crowded exhibit of the Magna Carta and other unique treasures.
  • Jennifer C.
    Jennifer CarterFebruary 27, 2015
    Need a pass to look at books, but the atrium is pretty cool - especially the Kings Library!
  • TProphet  .
    TProphet  February 17, 2015
    It is free and has an unbelievable collection of ancient and rare books on display. Don't miss it!
  • Jerome N.
    Jerome NavarroJanuary 12, 2015
    Free wifi, free entrance
  • David T.
    David ThairJanuary 9, 2015
    Been here 10+ times
    The British Library has a cash machine and a postbox. Both are on the lower ground floor; last collection from the postbox is 4pm Mon-Fri.
  • Sean I.
    Sean InsigneJanuary 9, 2015
    Been here 10+ times
    Focus and determination!
  • berrybeans
    berrybeansJanuary 2, 2015
    It might not be the first choice on the sightseeing list for first-time London visitors but it's worth visiting. I like Gutenberg.
  • Ali F.
    Ali FirasDecember 16, 2014
    One of the best places to study or read in London.
  • Tomás Ó.
    Tomás Ó CeallaighOctober 28, 2014
    Great space. So much to see and do here. The recent exhibition on the Gothic was well worth the entrance fee. Somewhere to visit briefly and then keep revisiting.
  • H R.
    H RSeptember 25, 2014
    You can sign up to the reading room. They hold lots of creative thematic exhibits such as the recent ones regarding comic books and, most recently, gothic literature.
  • David T.
    David ThairSeptember 19, 2014
    Been here 10+ times
    There are new seats and sockets up on the second floor by the Humanities reading room!
  • Danilo C.
    Danilo Crnogorac [SU7]September 3, 2014
  • Julien L.
    Julien LouëtAugust 25, 2014
  • Carlos Z.
    Carlos ZavalaAugust 20, 2014
    The British Library is the second largest library in the world: 14 million books and 150 million items.
  • Ashley .
    Ashley 🎵 GenevieveAugust 19, 2014
    As a librarian from the states, I was blown away. The exhibitions were wonderful and I've never seen so many books together in my life. Great experience.
  • Travis C.
    Travis CombelAugust 15, 2014
    The historical documents etc. are very interesting.
  • James W.
    James WhatleyAugust 15, 2014
    The comic book exhibition isn't as good as I hoped it'd be. The shop is better... :/
  • Rosemie C.
    Rosemie CallewaertAugust 9, 2014
    Enjoy books, WiFi & coffee
  • Leah K.
    Leah KendallAugust 9, 2014
    Art and Anarchy exhibition is great but busy!
  • Francis
    FrancisAugust 8, 2014
    Beautifully renovated. Enjoy the calm, get some thinking done
  • Ayla Michelle D.
    Ayla Michelle DemirJuly 27, 2014
    Seriously focussed and concentrated Psychoanalysis & Coalition Politics Research for the next 4 years of my life at The British Library, at least its a short walk from home and local shopping halls.
  • Gareth P.
    Gareth PittJuly 3, 2014
    Working al fresco - wifi, good coffee and great facilities. Suitable for meetings too.
  • Sam R.
    Sam RobinsonJune 16, 2014
    Been here 5+ times
    There is a "secret" lounge on the top floor where you can eat your own food. Avoid those exorbitant cafe prices.
  • Andrew S.
    Andrew SmithMay 27, 2014
    Extraordinary place, the comics exhibition is wonderful but so are the regular exhibitions.
  • Booga
    BoogaMay 5, 2014
    A wonderful place to just hang out, we went to the comic exhibition which was fantastic.
  • Laurel M.
    Laurel MayApril 25, 2014
    Plan to spend half your day here because once you get in, you'll want to spend hours and hours walking around and learning about different kinds of books/writers.
  • Roslyn-Nicole F.
    Roslyn-Nicole FordApril 7, 2014
    i love libraries i could have spent weeks in here just reading books
  • Simon G.
    Simon GosneyFebruary 28, 2014
    Been here 100+ times
    Good cafe selling good quality food and drink, but the service is painfully slow, abrupt and hopelessly disorganised.
  • Julianna Z.
    Julianna ZienoFebruary 18, 2014
    Fun but can't take pics
  • Karen W.
    Karen WisdomFebruary 15, 2014
    Wouldn't recommend the visitor wifi and don't expect any help from the IP Centre on a Saturday :(
  • Anett
    AnettFebruary 10, 2014
    Been here 50+ times
    Gets hellishly busy and wi-fi quality is appalling at times, but where else you can get so much done?
  • Jason
    JasonFebruary 8, 2014
    Been here 5+ times
    It's such a shame on the weekends it closes at 5 and they hustle you out before then. Best place to read in London
  • Christine W.
    Christine WongJanuary 28, 2014
    Go look at the original Alice in wonderland on display!!!
  • Marwa K.
    Marwa KhalilJanuary 18, 2014
    Closes early in the weekend. Plus you need to allow at least one hour for major exhibitions.
  • Riz A.
    Riz ANovember 7, 2013
    Excellent place for a meetup is at the cafe near the back as your walk up the stairs.
  • Antoine A.
    Antoine AdamNovember 4, 2013
    Opening times and closures
  • Daniel M.
    Daniel MarečekNovember 1, 2013
    Hello, this is greeting of developer from National library of technology in Prague CZ. Have a nice time ;)
  • rahim
    rahimOctober 23, 2013
    Very useful for university students
  • Terena B.
    Terena BellJune 17, 2013
    The Magna Carts is up the first flight of stairs and to the left in the National Treasures room.
  • Olga P.
    Olga PavlovskyMay 24, 2013
    If you need to work here, beware the wifi is very jumpy. Obviously, the busier it is, the worse it gets...
  • JaeT .
    JaeT 👧😚May 23, 2013
    It has the coolest facade!
  • Tom S.
    Tom SavoryMay 21, 2013
    Check out the excellent Patrick Hughes apt reverspective!
  • Juli F.
    Visit sir John Ritblat Gallery.. Very interesting things such as Two of the three earliest and most important manuscripts of the entire bible in Greek from the 4th and 5th century
  • Joyce S.
    Joyce SohnApril 29, 2013
    The treasures collection here is amazing: da Vinci notebooks, Churchill letters, manuscript to Handel's Messiah, Magna Carta...amazing.
  • Anton O.
    Anton OrdApril 24, 2013
    Free wifi and power sockets Apple users!
  • Siraj D.
    Siraj DatooApril 13, 2013
    Been here 5+ times
    If it's a busy period, go for the Business and IP room, it's always quieter.
  • Deborah S.
    Deborah SmythFebruary 14, 2013
    John Gielgud's script of Murder on the Orient Express - check out the doodles on the left!
  • Matt S.
    Matt SOctober 3, 2012
    Been here 5+ times
    Kerouac's On The Road exhibition from 4 Oct is worth a look
  • Geer O.
    Geer OskamSeptember 15, 2012
    Go see the fantastic Treasures from the Collection - Jane Austin's diary, first printed book (China 878 AD!)
  • In A.
    In ArsenioMay 17, 2012
    nice place :)
  • Lily C.
    Lily CentenoSeptember 30, 2016
    La sala de tesoros es una joya, y si tienen tiempo quédense a leer un poco solo para alejarse del ajetreo.
  • Jefferson L.
    Jefferson LisboaJune 27, 2016
    Se possível visite a parte sobre conservação de livros antigos. É incrível!
  • Dersu F.
    Dersu F.Z.October 7, 2015
    Un lugar para visitar en Londres, la exhibición de sus colecciones: la Carta Magna, trabajos de música, manuscritos de Leonardo da Vinci, letras originales de los Beatles, escritura China antigua etc
  • Carlos O.
    Carlos OliveiraAugust 17, 2015
    Pesquisar aqui é prático e rápido. Com uma pré inscrição você já consegue fazer reservas.
  • Gianmarco P.
    Gianmarco PanzeraAugust 6, 2015
    Qui si trova davvero di tutto su qualsiasi argomento. La struttura è imponente, la mostra permanente affascinante, da visitare!
  • Nez N.
    Nez NezJune 11, 2015
    Been here 5+ times
    Aradığınız dünya😊
  • C 4.
    C 4barbesJuly 8, 2013
    Au frais wifi gratuit et manuscrit impressionants!
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