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Address: 96 Euston Road | St Pancras, London NW1 2DB, England
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+44 1937 546060
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09:30 - 20:00
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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
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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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A stunning collection of maps and documents and books, could spend hours here and never be bored. A must see when in London. A nice buffet restaurant with good food for lunch.

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Melbourne, Australia
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed yesterday NEW

A stunning collection of maps and documents and books, could spend hours here and never be bored. A must see when in London. A nice buffet restaurant with good food for lunch.

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Birmingham, United Kingdom
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 days ago NEW via mobile

Visited to see an exhibition but found so much more. Lockers to store bags and coats were only £1. Clean loos too! Well organised building, great range of goods in the shop

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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 days ago NEW via mobile

My wife and I recently went to see the exhibition, "Maps and the 20th Century, Drawing the Line." It was nothing short of phenomenal. We spent a total of 3 1/2 hours and were completely absorbed by this astonishing collection. Encyclopedic in scope and as varied as the whimsical Beatles map of Britain to the sinister and deadly Nazi bombing... More 

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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 days ago NEW

My wife and I visited the Biritsh Library on a Saturday specifically to see the exhibition on maps and the history of mapping. I was very impressed and thought it was excellent; informative, interesting and with some quirky touches. It's only fair to say, though, that my wife was abit less impressed than I was. She found it OK, but... More 

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Milton Keynes, England
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2 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 days ago NEW

This is NOT a review of the library - just of the exhibition. I guess this exhibition is like marmite looking at the reviews. I love maps but we found this to be one of the poorest laid out exhibitions for a long time - ironic considering the context. The labels next to the maps were small and hard to... More 

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Liverpool, United Kingdom
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 days ago NEW

It's sometimes nice to get away from the madness of the London streets so I would suggest a visit to the British Library. Free wifi and a cafe with a good selection of food and drinks. They always have an exhibition on and I have never been disappointed. There is a nice gift shop too. I went for research purposes... More 

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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 3 days ago NEW

The hold very interesting permanent exhibition, which contains hardcopies of real treasures: Shakespeare's verses, Mozart's symphonies, historical letters and unique religious manuscripts and lots of others. Surely worth visiting. And they have thematical exhibitions (about the maps and others).

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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 3 days ago NEW

After a visit to the very crowded British Museum, we walked over to the British Library. It is housed in a beautiful, relatively new complex. We came to see the collection of rare books. manuscripts and correspondence, and we were not disappointed. There is a Gutenburg Bible, one of 4 extant copies of the Magna Carta, and assorted very beautiful... More 

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Cambridge, United Kingdom
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 3 days ago NEW via mobile

This should be on your 'must do' list! There are so many things to see and learn..we loved the treasures gallery

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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 3 days ago NEW

British library is a must visit place in london. You will find a very large collection of books, periodicals, magazines , stamps from all over the world. All facilities for guests are available like on line catalogue, on line membership, cafe, sovenier shops, exhibitions etc. Dont miss it if you are in london.

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