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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Places to spend a rainy day
The British Library has a copy of every single publication ever printed in the UK, including the Magna Carta! Given the sheer number of items they have there are no books on shelves, so instead you need to register for a reader pass and stay in the library’s reading rooms, but it’s a lovely way to spend a few studious hours.


What's On

Starts on
Nov
4
Fri
Maps And The 20th Century: Drawing The Line
The British Library, 96 Euston Road, London
Time: Mon: 09:30 - 18:00 Tues: 09:30 - 20:00 Weds: 09:30 - 18:00 Thurs: 09:30 - 18:00 Fri: 09:30 - 18:00 Sat: 09:30 - 17:00 Sun & English Public Holidays: 11:00 - 17:00
Admission: Full Price: £12 Senior 60+: £10 Student: £5 Under 18yrs: free
Starts on
Nov
4
Fri
Maps and the 20th Century: Drawing the Line
British Library, PACCAR Gallery, 96 Euston Road, London
Time: 09:30 - 20:00
Admission: £12, Senior 60+: £10, Student: £5, Registered Unemployed: £5, Disabled: £5, Disabled Carer: free, Under 18: free, Friend of the British Library: free
Starts on
Dec
2
Fri
Quentin Blake: The Roald Dahl Centenary Portraits
British Library, 96 Euston Road, London
Time: Daily: 10:00 - 17:00
Admission: Free
Feb
20
Mon
The W G Sebald Lecture: Michael Longley
British Library, 96 Euston Road, London
Time: 19:00 - 20:30
Admission: Full price: £12, Member: £12, Senior 60+: £10, Student: £8, Registered Unemployed: £8, Under 18: £8
Feb
21
Tue
Global Conquest: How Railways Took Over The World
British Library, 96 Euston Road, London
Time: 19:00 - 20:30
Admission: Full price: £10, Member: £7, Senior 60+: £8, Student: £7, Registered Unemployed: £7, Under 18: £7, Friend of the BL: £7, BL Employee: £7
Feb
23
Thu
Julian Mitchell in Conversation with Polly Toynbee
British Library, 96 Euston Road, London
Time: 19:00 - 20:30
Admission: Full price: £12, Member: £8, Senior 60+: £10, Student: £8, Registered Unemployed: £8, Under 18: £8, Friend of the BL: £8
Feb
25
Sat
Family Day: Festival of Maps
The British Library, 96 Euston Road, London
Time: 12.00 – 16.00
Admission: Free
Feb
25
Sat
Japan Now
British Library, 96 Euston Road, London
Time: 11:00 - 17:00
Admission: Full price: £20, Member: £20, Senior 60+: £16, Student: £14, Registered Unemployed: £14, Under 18: £14
Mar
3
Fri
Kenneth Baker: On the Burning of Books
British Library, 96 Euston Road, London
Time: 19:00 - 20:30
Admission: Full price: £12, Member: £8, Senior 60+: £10, Student: £8, Registered Unemployed: £8, Under 18: £8, Friend of the BL: £8
Mar
6
Mon
The Art of Non-Fiction
British Library, 96 Euston Road, London
Time: 19:00 - 20:30
Admission: Full price: £10, Member: £10, Senior 60+: £8, Student: £7, Registered Unemployed: £7, Under 18: £7
Mar
6
Mon
The Mesmerist: Science vs Superstition in the Victorian era
British Library, 96 Euston Road, London
Time: 19:15 - 20:30
Admission: Full price: £8, Member: £8, Senior 60+: £6, Student: £5, Registered Unemployed: £5, Under 18: £5
Mar
7
Tue
Typesetting Feminism: Virago Press
British Library, 96 Euston Road, London
Time: 19:00 - 20:30
Admission: Full price: £8, Member: £8, Senior 60+: £6, Student: £5, Registered Unemployed: £5, Under 18: £5
Mar
8
Wed
Rebels in the Archives
British Library, 96 Euston Road, London
Time: 19:00 - 20:45
Admission: Full price: £8, Member: £5, Senior 60+: £6, Student: £5, Registered Unemployed: £5, Under 18: £5, Friend of the BL: £5
Mar
9
Thu
Turn Your Passion Into Pounds
The British Library, 96 Euston Road London
Time: 6.45pm - 9.00pm
Admission: £20
Mar
13
Mon
Joseph Conrad Study Day
British Library, 96 Euston Road, London
Time: 14:00 - 17:30
Admission: Full price: £15, Member: £10, Senior 60+: £12, Student: £10, Registered Unemployed: £10, Under 18: £10, Friend of the BL: £10
Mar
13
Mon
National Life Stories Lecture 2017: David Kynaston
British Library, 96 Euston Road, London
Time: 18:30 - 20:00
Admission: Full price: £10, Member: £7, Senior 60+: £8, Student: £7, Registered Unemployed: £7, Under 18: £7,
Mar
17
Fri
The Idler Presents: In Praise of Unusual Libraries
British Library, 96 Euston Road, London
Time: 19:00 - 20:30
Admission: Full price: £8, Member: £8, Senior 60+: £6, Student: £5, Registered Unemployed: £5, Under 18: £5
Mar
20
Mon
Stefan Zweig: European, Humanist, Collector
British Library, 96 Euston Road, London
Time: 10:30 -16:00
Admission: Full price: £10, Member: £10, Senior 60+: £8, Student: £7, Registered Unemployed: £7, Under 18: £7
Mar
23
Thu
The Eccles British Library Writer's Award Festival
British Library, 96 Euston Road, London
Time: 19:00 - 21:00
Admission: Full price: £12, Member: £8, Senior 60+: £10, Student: £8, Registered Unemployed: £8, Under 18: £8, Friend of the BL: £8
Mar
24
Fri
On Being Archived: Will Self, Hanif Kureishi and Guests
British Library, 96 Euston Road, London
Time: 19:00 - 20:30
Admission: Full price: £12, Member: £12, Senior 60+: £10, Student: £8, Registered Unemployed: £8, Under 18: £8
Mar
25
Sat
Play on Words
The British Library, 96 Euston Road, London
Time: 10.30 – 12.00
Admission: Free
Mar
25
Sat
Play on Words
The British Library, 96 Euston Road, London
Time: 13.00 – 14.30
Admission: Free
Mar
28
Tue
Encore: The Phenomenon of the Second Novel
British Library, 96 Euston Road, London
Time: 19:00 - 20:30
Admission: Full price: £10, Member: £10, Senior 60+: £8, Student: £7, Registered Unemployed: £7, Under 18: £7
Nov
16
Thu
Benjamin Franklin in London: From British Royalist to American Revolutionary
British Library Knowledge Centre, Euston Road, London
Time: 18.30
Admission: Booking via the British Library: 01937546546 and bl.uk


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