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British Library

British Library

96 Euston Rd, Saint Pancras, Greater London, NW1 2DB, United Kingdom
Closed until 9:30 AM tomorrow (Show more)
  • Mon–Thu
    • 9:30 AM–8:00 PM
  • Fri
    • 9:30 AM–6:00 PM
  • Sat
    • 9:30 AM–5:00 PM
  • Sun
    • 11:00 AM–5:00 PM

Yes, we have a copy of just about every book ever published in Britain. But we also stage events and run exhibitions. We have free wi-fi too! Visit us soon.


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    Zoe S.
    "You have to me a member to access reading rooms."(9 Tips)
    Søren L.
    "Check out the Magna Carta and start thinking."(4 Tips)
    Versha S.
    "artifacts from Austen"(3 Tips)
    Roslyn-Nicole F.
    "i love libraries i could have spent weeks in here just reading books"(20 Tips)
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  • magna carta
  • books
  • reading room
  • café
  • austen
  • free Wifi
  • exhibits
  • coffee
  • quiet
  • scenic views
  • comics
  • tours
  • knowledgeable staff
  • music
  • arts
  • galleries
  • gift shop
  • artifacts
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  • prints
  • Andrew S.

    a palace of knowledge. very busy in the cafe during the week! free wifi allegedly, but seems to need registration or membership

    Andrew Saffrey · 4 days ago
  • Isha H.

    Great to get work done with cafe and free wifi. Only open till 8pm tho :(

    Isha Hartono · 2 weeks ago
  • Shell s.

    Alice in Wonderland exhibition, Lewis Carrol

    Shell ster · 3 weeks ago
  • Cj A.

    Love the vibe

    Cj Aquino · January 7
  • Little Scrapes

    Always an interesting set of exhibitions on, both free and paid for. Check out their website for details.

    Little Scrapes · January 7
  • Little Scrapes

    Besides books, there's a rotating schedule of really interesting exhibitions.

    Little Scrapes · December 30, 2015
  • Klara V.

    They were closed, but they allowed booking guided tour. I was disappointed.

    Klara Varga · December 29, 2015
  • Adela

    Great library! I love the exhibitions

    Adela · December 22, 2015
  • Alan M.

    Reading rooms and areas restricted to members only

    Alan Morton · November 22, 2015
  • Akua O.

    Unfortunate this national institution is so unfriendly. Drains the pleasure out of visiting. To drum support for treasured collections, smiling and saying hello will your help your cause.

    Akua Obeng-Frimpong · November 6, 2015
  • Y K.

    The bl is running a great exhibition about West Africa. Check this out.

    Y Kim · November 1, 2015
  • Mark A.

    Best Library in the world.

    Mark Ashworth · August 29, 2015
  • Pedro P.

    Coffee machine at the third floor (Friends room). 65-85 pence

    Pedro Pereira · August 24, 2015
  • Bobby K.

    The Hall of Treasures is fascinating and awe-inspiring.

    Bobby Kennedy · August 21, 2015
  • Nafis Tahshish I.

    The reading rooms.

    Nafis Tahshish Islam · August 13, 2015
  • Sophia S.

    this is a really good, quiet and inspiring place to sit and work/write/read

    Sophia Simon-Bashall · August 11, 2015
  • Gagan S.

    Reading rooms are very nice here.

    Gagan Singh · August 5, 2015
  • Gagan S.

    Free WiFi and grand library.

    Gagan Singh · August 5, 2015
  • Spotted by Locals - city guides by locals

    Go and visit the permanent collection! It's free! Read more

  • Kristyn U.


    Kristyn Ulanday · July 28, 2015
  • Danny U.

    Lovely and peaceful, yet there is almost always a hive of activity with visitors working away on laptops.

    Danny UK · July 28, 2015
  • Suzi

    Preregister online and order your books before you visit. Some are stored in Yorkshire and take 2 days.

    Suzi · July 18, 2015
  • Jenn P.

    Really lovely modern library

    Jenn P · July 1, 2015
  • Aqua G.

    Great for working in style

    Aqua Girl · June 8, 2015
  • Atheer S.

    A great place to study if you're bored with your uni's library. Electricity sockets available by some tables.

    Atheer Suliman · May 15, 2015
  • Megan M.

    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!

    Megan McNish · April 8, 2015
  • Gilbert C.

    Free wifi, decent toilets and a great cafe. This is my temp office whenever I'm in London

    Gilbert Corrales · March 27, 2015
  • Valentina C.

    Cloakroom is free but go a little ahead of time as the queue gets long!

    Valentina Ciolino · March 22, 2015
  • Rod V.

    Don't miss their ancient books exhibition!

    Rod VT · March 14, 2015
  • Rod V.

    The one and only!

    Rod VT · March 1, 2015
  • Emily S.

    Amazing free, quick, and usually not crowded exhibit of the Magna Carta and other unique treasures.

    Emily Skarbek · March 1, 2015
  • Jennifer C.

    Need a pass to look at books, but the atrium is pretty cool - especially the Kings Library!

    Jennifer Carter · February 27, 2015
  • TProphet  .

    It is free and has an unbelievable collection of ancient and rare books on display. Don't miss it!

    TProphet   · February 17, 2015
  • Jerome N.

    Free wifi, free entrance

    Jerome Navarro · January 12, 2015
  • David T.

    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.

    David Thair · January 9, 2015
  • Sean I.

    Focus and determination!

    Sean Insigne · January 9, 2015
  • berrybeans

    It might not be the first choice on the sightseeing list for first-time London visitors but it's worth visiting. I like Gutenberg.

    berrybeans · January 2, 2015
  • Ali F.

    One of the best places to study or read in London.

    Ali Firas · December 16, 2014
  • Tomás Ó.

    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.

    Tomás Ó Ceallaigh · October 28, 2014
  • H R.

    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.

    H R · September 25, 2014
  • David T.

    There are new seats and sockets up on the second floor by the Humanities reading room!

    David Thair · September 19, 2014
  • Danilo C.

    Danilo Crnogorac [SU2] · September 3, 2014
  • Julien L.


    Julien Louët · August 25, 2014
  • Carlos Z.

    The British Library is the second largest library in the world: 14 million books and 150 million items.

    Carlos Zavala · August 20, 2014
  • Ashley ♡.

    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.

    Ashley ♡ Genevieve · August 19, 2014
  • Travis C.

    The historical documents etc. are very interesting.

    Travis Combel · August 15, 2014
  • James W.

    The comic book exhibition isn't as good as I hoped it'd be. The shop is better... :/

    James Whatley · August 15, 2014
  • JT

    The British Library; amazing building; oh and it has a few books! Also has exhibitions!!

    JT · August 13, 2014
  • Rosemie C.

    Enjoy books, WiFi & coffee

    Rosemie Callewaert · August 9, 2014

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