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London
The British Library
96 Euston Road
London NW1 2DB
TfL Fare Zone 1
 
 
 
 
 
Although the British Library is primarily a resource centre, the casual visitor will find much to interest them in the Exhibition Galleries in the St Pancras building. The Library is centrally located next to the Kings Cross and the St Pancras International Stations and readily accessible by public transport.
 
British Library Treasures
Some of the treasures on display in the Exhibition galleries are The Lindisfarne Gospels, the Gutenberg Bible, the sole surviving manuscript of the Anglo-Saxon poem Beowulf, Magna Carta, Leonardo da Vinci’s notebooks, and Shakespeare’s First Folio.
 
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Also held are longhand first drafts of Charlotte Brontё’s Jane Eyre and Charles Dickens’ Nicholas Nickleby, Jane Austen’s Notebook and writing desk, Geoffrey Chaucer’s Canterbury Tales handwritten music by Mozart and a wonderful collection of lyrics manuscripts and other memorabilia of The Beatles.
 
Sound Archives
The Sound Archive has a wonderful collection of recordings including Nelson Mandela's trial speech.
 
Philatelic Display
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The Philatelic Display contains over 8,000 items and is probably the best permanent display of stamps in the world.
 
To see a complete list of the treasures on display go to the Library’s official website /online gallery - link below.
 
Opening Hours
Open all year
For full information on opening times for the exhibition galleries, shop, reader registration office, Reading Rooms and restaurants, check the Library website link below.
 
Admission Costs
Free
 
Refreshments
Food and drink can be obtained from the Restaurant & Terrace, Café, Last Word on the Piazza and the Expresso Bar. The Restaurant, Last Word and Expresso Bar are closed on Sundays. The Last Word is also closed on a Saturday.
 
Disabled Access
Accessible. For further information contact Visitor Services  
Tel: +44 (0)2074 127 332
Textphone: +44 (0)2073 870 626
 
Contact & Further Information
Telephone   +44 (0)8704 441 500
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Getting There
To find the best way for getting to The British Library, visit the TfL Journey Planner.
 
- By Underground
King's Cross Station Hammersmith & City, Piccadilly, Northern, Circle, District, Metropolitan and Victoria lines.
St Pancras International Station Hammersmith & City, Piccadilly, Northern, Circle, District, Metropolitan and Victoria lines.
Euston Station Hammersmith & City, Piccadilly, Northern, Circle, District, Metropolitan and Victoria lines.
Euston Square Station Hammersmith & City, Piccadilly, Northern, Circle, District, Metropolitan and Victoria lines.
 
- By Train
St Pancras International, King's Cross and Euston Stations.
 
- By Bus
Many buses including numbers 10, 30, 63, 73 and 91 stop close by on Midland and Euston Roads.
 
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