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Treasures of the British Library

From Magna Carta and Shakespeare to Ada Lovelace and The Beatles. Explore some of the world’s most exciting, beautiful and significant books, manuscripts and sound recordings.

Telling the remarkable stories of over 2,000 years of human experience, our Treasures of the British Library Gallery gives you a peek into the wonders of our vast collection:

Get a taste of what’s inside the Gallery in our accompanying Treasures website.

What’s new in Treasures?

From January 2019, you will find:

  • A completely new Printing case including the Gutenberg Bible, Chaucer’s Canterbury Tales and the world’s oldest dated complete printed book, the Diamond Sutra 
  • Leonardo da Vinci’s theatrical stage designs
  • A new case on contemporary female artists.


Name: Treasures of the British Library
Where: The Sir John Ritblat: Treasures Gallery
The British Library
96 Euston Road
Show map      How to get to the Library
When: Monday to Sunday
Opening times and visitor information
Price: Free
Enquiries: +44 (0)1937 546546

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