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  • From Leonardo da Vinci's notebook to the songs of birds, explore the fascinating stories from our vaults and discover exciting ways to learn with us.

    Featured online exhibitions

    Discovering Children's Books

    Explore centuries of stories, poems and illustrations with Discovering Children's Books. For children, teachers and book-lovers of all ages.

    Discovering Sacred Texts

    Explore the sacred texts of the world’s great faiths.

    British Accents and Dialects

    Listen to the UK's rich landscape of regional accents and dialects and understand the differences and similarities with our expert commentary

    The language of birds

    Listen to the birds and find out why they sing

    Resources, courses and more

    Hebrew Manuscripts exhibition virtual tour

    Discover the history, culture and traditions of Jewish people from all corners of the world and through the ages.

    Treasures in full

    Look at some of our historic works in detail and compare different editions side-by-side.

    Family activities

    From regular monthly workshops to special Family Days, we welcome families to the British Library to take part in a range of creative activities designed for all the family.


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    Adult learning

    We offer a range of learning opportunities for adults, from in-depth courses and masterclasses to workshops for ESOL learners and adults with learning disabilities.

    Online Gallery

    Discover the riches of the British Library, with 1000s of maps, prints, manuscripts, photographs and more

    Schools and teachers

    Workshops, activities and resources for schools, teachers and learners of all ages.

    Virtual books

    Leaf through some of our greatest rare books and see close-up views of their pages.

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    Collection highlights

    Mozart's thematic catalogue

    The thematic catalogue was used as a musical diary by Mozart for recording his music compositions, which he even carried…

    Admiral Lord Nelson’s Battle of Trafalgar Memorandum

    On 9 October 1805, twelve days before the Battle of Trafalgar, naval officer Vice-Admiral Horatio Nelson (1758-1805) sent…

    Leonardo da Vinci's notebook

    Leonardo da Vinci (1452 - 1519), painter, sculptor, architect and engineer, kept notes and drawings of his studies, ideas…

    Charles Darwin's natural selection letter

    Charles Darwin (1809 - 82) was a naturalist who developed the theory of evolution by natural selection which was published…