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Address: 96 Euston Road | St Pancras, London NW1 2DB, England
Phone Number:
+44 1937 546060
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

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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Quick visit to Treasures of the British Library

I went with some friends after work to this free, permanent exhibition. It's truly amazing to see music by the Beatles and Bethoven, notes from Fleming on his discovery of... read more

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London, United Kingdom
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Reviewed yesterday NEW via mobile

I went with some friends after work to this free, permanent exhibition. It's truly amazing to see music by the Beatles and Bethoven, notes from Fleming on his discovery of penicillin, an Ethiopian bible, ancient manuscripts and the Magna Carter...all in one place! Brilliant!

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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 91 helpful votes
Reviewed yesterday NEW

This a functioning library with a room set aside to house examples of important authors original manuscripts and notebooks. It is free to visit but they do ask for a contribution. It does require a security check to enter (but do not let that stop you from visiting). It is well worth a couple of hours while in London.

Thank CincinnatiVictor
Luxembourg City, Luxembourg
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 6 helpful votes
Reviewed yesterday NEW

Went there last year never thought there are so manny interesting books to look at and get new information about Englands most read

Thank Brigitte15081962
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 48 helpful votes
Reviewed 2 days ago NEW via mobile

The Treasures Gallery of the BL is so powerful in its examples of the first Bible. Magna Carta, musicians original scripts, Shakespeare, scientists, that it's hard to believe it's real. On top,of that, the tour guides are enthusiastic, clear speaking, and effective getting to the heart of the importance of these powerful specimens. There's room to explore, it's quiet and... More 

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Dubai, United Arab Emirates
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Reviewed 2 days ago NEW

This is the second such exhibition I've visited in London in this 100th anniversary year of the Russian Revolution ( the first being at the Royal Academy ). The exhibition at the British Library is a fascinating and very informative one largely based on documents and posters ( as one might expect in a library ). There is a wealth... More 

Thank Mark Benjamin L
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 1 helpful vote
Reviewed 3 days ago NEW

The British Library is easily visited by Tube (King's Cross St. Pancras) and a short walk. It is free to the public although a donation is always welcomed. I went specifically to see the Magna Carta (which is housed in its own space) and if you are a student of history, as I am, it is a sight to behold.... More 

Thank Karen S
Glasgow, United Kingdom
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Reviewed 3 days ago NEW via mobile

I visit London regularly for work and normally travel from either Euston station or Heathrow to my hotel and to our HQ but with time to burn my friend 'dragged' me to the British Library. I was quite overwhelmed walking in. Didn't realise the need for security until I seen what was actually in the building. The place is enormous!!!... More 

Thank Craig G
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Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

Loved this. No lines. Free. Oldest copy of Beowulf. Actual letters from Anne Boleyn to Henry. John lennons original songs.

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Reviewed 1 week ago

We had an afternoon free and wondered what we could do, we saw the Library and thought we would take a look.We were so impressed the staff,building and outside area was superb.The real highlight though was the room that houses the ancient books and manuscripts, we spent a good hour absorbed by real ancient literature and old books.Highly recommended to... More 

Thank mickhanbury
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5 reviews
Reviewed 1 week ago

There is a permanent exhibition The Treasures of British Library, where you can see so many precious things starting from first Gospels, thrue the original letter written by Henry VIII and Ann Boleyn and upto Beatles drafts. Wow!!!

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