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:

John Yearwood, Adopt a Book donor main photo

No one who loves literature as I do could fail to be a friend of the Library, and I count it a privilege to be able to contribute in a small way to the preservation of human genius for all humankind.

John Yearwood, Adopt a Book Supporter
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I think the British Library is a fabulous institution. I value the ability to give a useful Christmas gift that pleases my well-read mother as much as me.

Katherine Kreuter, Adopt a Book Supporter