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:

Philip Hennessy main photo

Maps provide a fascinating insight into our history, and I marvel at the skill of the early mapmakers. My own collection is constantly on view at home, and they always provide a focus for discussions. I am very grateful to the British Library for looking after our heritage, in the form of old maps.

Philip Hennessy
Geoff main photo

The Library's ethos, principles and ambitions strike a chord with me; the services on offer are the practical demonstration of what the place is about.