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Address: 96 Euston Road | St Pancras, London NW1 2DB, England
Phone Number:
+44 1937 546060
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09:30 - 18:00
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Hours:
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
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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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Great place to study

I have visited the library a few times. To sign up does take a while but once you get past that it can be a great emergency stop for many students in London who need access to a... read more

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London, United Kingdom
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed yesterday NEW via mobile

I have visited the library a few times. To sign up does take a while but once you get past that it can be a great emergency stop for many students in London who need access to a book in a rush. You will need to stay there to study but it has saved me on several locations when my... More 

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Greater London, United Kingdom
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 44 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed yesterday NEW

Feel embarrassed that I only live a few miles from the British Library yet since it opened in 1998 I have never visited. Visited with my wife and she became a member as there are good discounts. We visited to the exhibition on maps and how they have shaped the 20th century. The exhibition was ok but the layout of... More 

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Thank John K
Weymouth, United Kingdom
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 days ago NEW

Lots to read and see. I don't think children would like it. It's a fascinating place to spend a few hours.

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Wales
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 days ago NEW via mobile

Went because I was nearby and ended up spending a long time looking at the treasures! It looks a small room when you first go in, but it seems to expand and there's so much to see. And what treasures. Every item seemed incredible, then you move onto the next which seems even more incredible until you wonder where it's... More 

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Manchester, United Kingdom
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 6 days ago NEW

Having been aware that the British Library used to be part of the British Museum I added it to my list of things to do in London. We did the tour, quite a cost at £10 each person for our family, when you consider that the British Museum is free. The tour guide, Dee, was wonderful. She was very knowledgeable... More 

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Birmingham, United Kingdom
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 6 days ago NEW

We were walking on the Euston road and were just about to turn into Kings cross when we came across the British Library. We decided to go inside and we were very impressed and amazed by the quality of the displays and the vast amount of information available. So pleased we went in.

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Thank shaver2015
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

We took the £10 walking tour around the library. They take you to see the reading rooms and all the major points of interest. It lasted around 80 minutes. The way they move the books around the library is ingenious. Our tour guide was great. The exhibition on the ground floor with the Magna Carta, Jane Austen diaries etc was... More 

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New York City, New York
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 week ago

I didn't to many museums in London, but did visit this library for a special exhibit and the whole place was a fantastic discovery. Beautiful library, lots to see and explore. It is right next to Kings Cross and St Pancras, so check it out while you're in that area.

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St Ives, United Kingdom
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 week ago

I like the British Library as a place to have a nice bowl of soup etc at lunch. This time I did the guided tour of the library which was absolutely fascinating! I highly recommend that. Free and always open is a room of their treasures which is well worth a browse plus some free changing exhibtions in the public... More 

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Zurich, Switzerland
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 week ago

I used the archives in the British Library for my PhD research. They are wonderful! It is also an ideal place for study.

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