The British Library

96 Euston Road, NW1 2DB

Address:96 Euston Road, NW1 2DB
Map:See The British Library on a map
Nearest Station:King's Cross St. Pancras
Euston
Euston Square
Link:www.bl.uk
The British Library, exterior picture


About: Formerly located in the British Museum, the British Library is now located next to St Pancras station after the post-modern red brick building was commissioned by Margaret Thatcher in 1992.
After the transfer of the library it was first opened in 1999. The front of the Library is marked with a statue of Sir Isaac Newton by Sir Eduardo Paolozzi. Within the British Library is the John Ritlat Gallery which houses some of the world's rarest and most precious manuscripts and books including the 'Magna Carta'. In fact the British Library houses over 12 million books and manuscripts as well as a collection of the rarest classical stamps in the world. Central to the British Library is the Kings Library: a glass-walled, six storey tower with internal lifts.
The library was presented to the nation in 1823 by King George IV and the collection was started by King George III. The British Library regularly holds exhibitions and lectures for the public. Also included in the British Library are the National Sound Archive and Humanities Reading Room. There is a café and restaurant within the library which offers an excellent view of the Kings Library.
Though a modern building, the British Library is architecturally impressive and the Kings Library is worth the visit alone. Admission to the library is free and although guided tours hold a charge they are very informative and interesting.
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Starts on
Mar
13
Fri
Magna Carta: Law, Liberty, Legacy
Time: Mon, Wed, Thu, Fri: 09:30 - 18:00 Tue: 09:30 - 20:00 Sat: 09:30 - 17:00 Sun: 11:00 - 17:00
Admission: £12, concessions available
Location: The British Library, 96 Euston Road, London
Starts on
May
15
Fri
Cornelia Parker: Magna Carta (An Embroidery)
Time: Monday, Friday: 09:30 - 18:00 Tuesday, Wednesday, Thursday: 09:30 - 20:00 Saturday: 09:30 - 17:00 Sunday: 11:00 - 17:00
Admission: Free
Location: The British Library, 96 Euston Road, London
Jun
1
Mon
Robert H. Smith Lecture: Magna Carta's American Adventure
Time: 18:30
Admission: £10 Adults / £8 Seniors / £7 Concessions
Location: The British Library, Conference Centre Auditorium, 96 Euston Road, London
Jun
20
Sat
Crossroads of Curiosity: The British Library meets Burning Man
Time: 19:00 - 23:00
Admission: £15-£10
Location: British Library, 96 Euston Road, London
Jun
23
Tue
TalkScience@BL - Fishing and marine protection: What's the catch?
Time: 18:30 - 20:30
Admission: £5 (booking required)
Location: British Library, 96 Euston Road, London
Starts on
Jul
3
Fri
Africa Writes
Time: Friday: 10.00 - 17.00 Saturday to Sunday: 12.00 - 17.00
Admission: Free/£10/£8/£7
Location: British Library, 96 Euston Road, London
Jul
6
Mon
A Stitch in Time: A Day of Embroidery
Time: 11:00 - 17:00
Admission: Free - £10
Location: British Library, 96 Euston Road


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