With more than 150 million items in our collections, the British Library is truly one of the world’s great research libraries.

Major treasures include Magna Carta, Leonardo da Vinci’s notebook, Shakespeare’s First Folio and Mozart’s handwritten catalogue, many of which are on display for all our visitors to enjoy in the Sir John Ritblat Treasures Gallery.

Our vision for the future is to expand the possibilities for research, learning and cultural enrichment to everyone.

With your help, we can:

Andrew Pearson, Adopt a Book Supporter main photo

I have had a lifelong love of books and feel that the British Library is an inspiring place and well worthy of support, particularly at a time when funding for the arts in general appears to be under threat.

Andrew Pearson, Adopt a Book Supporter
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I cannot remember a time when books were not central to my life. The BL is guardian of a priceless common heritage which can enrich the lives of future generations, as it has done for us. Cherish the verbal record in good times and bad!

Michael Coates-Smith