We noticed that you're using an unsupported browser. The TripAdvisor website may not display properly.
We support the following browsers:
Windows: Internet Explorer, Mozilla Firefox, Google Chrome. Mac: Safari.

British Library

96 Euston Road | St Pancras, London NW1 2DB, England
+44 1937 546060
Book In Advance
More Info
and up
Private Custom Tour: London in a Day
Why book on Viator?
  • Tour highlights & full itinerary
  • Easy online booking
  • Lowest price guaranteed
More Information ›
Map updates are paused. Zoom in to see updated info.
Reset zoom
Updating Map...
  • Excellent65%
  • Very good27%
  • Average5%
  • Poor1%
  • Terrible0%
Travellers talk about
Closed Now
All hours
Hours Today: 09:30 - 20:00
Suggested Duration: 1-2 hours
96 Euston Road | St Pancras, London NW1 2DB, England
+44 1937 546060
Write a Review
Reviews (2,851)
Traveller rating
Traveller type
Time of year
  • More languages

1 - 10 of 2,851 reviews

Reviewed yesterday

If you are into historical things it's an amazing place to go. They have a special room that's right on the first floor to the left of the entrance that has tons of books, musical scores, and many other articles that are amazing.

Thank Bakes60
Reviewed yesterday

As a high school English and History teacher I could spend all day here, but even my husband and teenagers really enjoyed the amazing collection they have. The Magna Carta room is so well done and all their amazing collection was well displayed and explained....More

Thank ACB1913
Reviewed yesterday

We were blown away by the original manuscripts and music scores plus the sacred texts that they have in their Treasures Room. They have a nice cafe and overall it is a beautiful library.

Thank julie4242
Reviewed 2 days ago

if you like historical books and documents like the magna carta then this place is great and free though they do ask for a donation

Thank drrob2
Reviewed 2 days ago

Free entrance. Library holds millions of hand made maps, surveys and books (original first editions) , which they are in the process of digitizing. 500+ year old globes. Jane Austen's hand written diaries and other famous originals from Leonardo da Vinci, Michelangelo etc.. they have...More

Thank vnarra63
Reviewed 3 days ago

Went there on a date , amazed at the vast expanse . definitely another trip in order!. We went there to visit one of the short term collections, coming from South Africa, that felt a little small. The main museum is well worth going, gets...More

Thank saffagirl007
Reviewed 3 days ago

I love most Libraries, but this one was just fantastic. They had a special exhibit with some very old books out. They had a special case with 5 books that had been donated and were covered in gemstones on the covers. Their collection is breathtaking.

Thank Alison B
Reviewed 3 days ago via mobile

I was here for a tour with a group of fellow graduate students. The King's Library in the center of the building makes for a great sight. The library has many areas to sit and browse on your laptop or to read. There are cafes...More

Thank KaylaAnn V
Reviewed 4 days ago

We just did the free Treasures Exhibit. There were lots of old documents on display as well as some more recent famous documents like Beatles lyrics they had scribbled on napkins. Can also find hand written Shakespeare notes and many artefacts from many different religions....More

Thank beckymM8655TK
Reviewed 4 days ago

The British Library is where I have spent nine years in the Humanities 1 Reading Room (the Reading Rooms are only available to people holding a Readers Card - check with the Library website on how to obtain one) researching an on-going History project. If...More

Thank Ian H
Nearby Restaurants
Albertini Restaurant
226 reviews
.14 km away
Cattle & Co.
192 reviews
.15 km away
The Gilbert Scott
1,700 reviews
.10 km away
O'Neill's - Kings Cross
645 reviews
.11 km away
Nearby Attractions
St. Pancras International Station
2,350 reviews
.17 km away
King's Cross Station
1,487 reviews
.34 km away
Platform 9 3/4
351 reviews
.36 km away
Questions & AnswersAsk a question
Is it good for children's books and activities? Thank you
16 October 2016|
Answer Show all 7 answers
Response from annaha | Reviewed this property |
No, I don't think so. This is a serious research library. I don't know libraries with children's programs.
Hi Harry, How much time would you say is needed to look around the library's punk exhibition? Thanks.
12 June 2016|
Answer Show all 5 answers
Response from RevPaul | Reviewed this property |
I would have thought that 30 minutes wouldn't be enough - probably 45 minutes to 1 hour depending how quickly you read and assimilate information.
Charles H
We are visiting for a few hours today. Do you have a top 10 or 20 "must see" exhibits list?
6 April 2016|
Answer Show all 4 answers
Response from Clodagh P | Reviewed this property |
I can't really help as I am priviledged to have a reader pass, so used the library more as a place to work. I suggest going on line or if that's not possible asking at the information desk for a guide to what's on and choose... More