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The British Library

The British Library is the national library of the United Kingdom and largest library in the world by number of items catalogued.

The British Library is a major research library, holding over items from many countries, in many languages and in many formats. Both print and digital; books, manuscripts, journals, newspapers, magazines, sound and music recordings, videos, play-scripts, patents, databases, maps, stamps, prints, drawings. The Library's collections include around 14 million books, along with substantial holdings of manuscripts and historical items dating back as far as 2000 BC.

Look out for...

  • The Magna Carta
  • Gutenberg Bible
  • Leonardo da Vinci sketches
  • Original lyrics to "Help" by the Beatles

Did You Know?

  • The Library contains over 150,000,000 items
  • A copy of every single publication that is printed in the UK and Ireland is added to it's collection
  • The library's shelves span over 400 miles

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  • The British Library
  • 96 Euston Road
  • London
  • NW1 2DB


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    Zone 1

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    • Euston
    • King's Cross St. Pancras


    • Euston
    • Euston Square
    • King's Cross St. Pancras


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Art Fund 50% off exhibitions
Open Hours
Monday 9:30am 18:00pm
Tuesday 9:30am 20:00pm
Wednesday 9:30am 18:00pm
Thursday 9:30am 18:00pm
Friday 9:30am 18:00pm
Saturday 9:30am 18:00pm
Sunday 9:30am 17:00pm
Bank Holidays 11:00am 17:00pm

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Phone 0843 2081144
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