The British Library

The British Library


Entering the courtyard of the library, you will see a statue of Isaac Newton with a compass.  A large cloak room and locker room are available for use. More than likely you will have your bags searched at the entrance and exit.

Permanent galleries featured are the Sir John Ritblat Gallery: Treasures of the British Library, Philatelic Exhibition and Conservation Uncovered.  The St Pancras Building houses the Sir John Ritblat Gallery, which contains maps, early printing, sacred texts from a variety of faiths, literary, historical, musical and scientific works from around the world.  The Philatelic Exhibition on the upper ground floor offers an expansive collection of stamps for viewing.  Conservation Uncovered, located on the first floor of the St Pancras building, is best visited after the other two exhibitions.  This area provides insight about book preservation and sound restoration techniques.

The British Library London

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Free guided tours of the viewing area gallery are available, but bookings are recommended.  You get to learn how the library is used and how books are delivered.  The tour is about 45 minutes.

Another guided tour of the library can be arranged on an individual or group level for a fee.  In this extended tour, you learn about the library’s history, architectural inspirations and important British Library treasures, such as the Magna Carta, Leonardo da Vinci’s notebooks, Shakespeare’s first folio, a Gutenberg Bible, illuminated manuscripts, Beatles song sheets and other works of literature.

Photography is not permitted in the exhibition areas.

The Peyton & Byrne eateries at the British Library are open from dawn to dusk.  The King’s Library restaurant on the first floor offers full breakfasts, hot lunches, stir-fry from a Wok station and afternoon teas.  The Short & Sweet espresso bar on Euston road offers freshly roasted coffee, churros and more. Affordable cafés also surround the library and meals can be enjoyed outside the building.

The gift shop has a wide collection of books for purchase.

There’s no public parking near the library, so you should utilize public transportation.  However, car parks and meters are available nearby.  Bicycle parking and bus stops are available around the library as well. King’s Cross, St Pancras and Euston are the closest train and underground stops.

Free guided tours of the viewing area gallery are available, but bookings are recommended.  Visitors get to see how the library is used and how books are delivered.  The tour is approximately 45 minutes.

Another guided tour of the library can be arranged on an individual or group level for a fee.  In this extended tour, you learn about the library’s history and architectural inspirations.

96 Euston Road
London
NW1 2DB

Date posted: 24th September, 2014

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