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Address: 96 Euston Road | St Pancras, London NW1 2DB, England
Phone Number:
+44 1937 546060
09:30 - 17:00
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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

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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Cool stuff on display; a must for book nerds, history buffs and Anglophiles. Great way to spend some time.

Reviewed 3 days ago
Clovis, California
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Clovis, California
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Reviewed 3 days ago NEW

Cool stuff on display; a must for book nerds, history buffs and Anglophiles. Great way to spend some time.

Thank LIsaMarie_112
London, United Kingdom
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Reviewed 4 days ago NEW

Quite impressive building (eventhough more from the inside than from the outside). The only thing that bothered me was that I wasn't able to access the reading rooms without a reading pass. But I can also understand that they wouldn't want all those tourists coming in and disturbing the silence of a library (working/studying environment).

Thank Maddox611
Lahti, Finland
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 10 helpful votes
Reviewed 4 days ago NEW

We visited British Library By accident , because our hotel was just next to it. It was a nice and impressive experience, specially the book store was fantastic, and we could have spent a lot of more time there. The front yard had a nice small cafe, and people were sitting outside as the weather was nice.

Thank Marja P
Brisbane, Australia
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 45 helpful votes
Reviewed 4 days ago NEW

Amazing collection of fabulous historical and multicultural items, and the Magna Carta. Easily accessible on underground or buses and well worth the visit to the exhibition.

Thank Warwickite
Riverview, Canada
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 152 helpful votes
Reviewed 5 days ago NEW

Large library but has food, a store, displays and an exhibit rooms that displayed some of the best historic books and documents I have seen. Old British writers, Beetles, religious books , etc, and a copy of Magna Carta, one of 4 left. Each display is explained in an interesting way, well worth the visit.

Thank Robert B
Bath, England, United Kingdom
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 21 helpful votes
Reviewed 5 days ago NEW

Was really disappointing that it wasn't a grand old building ala Beauty and the Beast but the exhibition of old artefacts such as letters from Churchill and the Suffragettes was most enjoyable.

Thank Barton347
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Reviewed 6 days ago NEW via mobile

Our original intention for our visit was so that my partner could see the Reading Rooms, but much to her disappointment these are only open to members of the library, which we are not. Despite this setback, the Treasures room alone is worth it. Horatio Nelson's last, unfinished letter, the Magna Carta and a letter penned by Karl Marx under... More 

Thank Calum G
The Road
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Reviewed 6 days ago NEW

I was staying nearby and - having never visited before - I decided to drop by. There is a small permanent display which, if you're someone who LIKES books or music, is a treasure. Unfortunately, I was just too early for the next special exhibition, which is one timed for the centennial of the Russian Revolution, but maybe next time.... More 

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Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

Only 5 minutes walk out of Euston is the British Library. Entrance is free but some exhibitions you have to pay to see. Last year they had a fantastic exhibition on the Magna Carta. There is still a small room now free entrance where one of only 4 copies is on display along with the Popes letter annulling it. The... More 

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Simsbury, Connecticut
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Reviewed 1 week ago

If you ever wondered what a piece of music written in Mozart's hand, or early agreements that have become part of common law look like, this is the place for you. Original manuscripts and letters from famous authors abound, along with the earliest complete bible in Greek, circa 500 A.D.. Jaw droppingly impressive for anyone that values culture and history.

Thank Frank D

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