THE SIR JOHN RITBLAT TREASURES GALLERY
Magna Carta. Jane Austen’s notebook. The Beatles’ lyrics. Just some of the treasures you can see here.
Magnificent hand-painted books from many faiths, maps and views, early printed books, literary, historical, scientific and musical works from around the world. Our Sir John Ritblat Treasures of the British Library Gallery tells the remarkable stories of over two thousand years of human experience. We also have temporary displays throughout the year.
Note: You may find the Sir John Ritblat Gallery cooler and darker than other areas of the Library. This controlled environment protects any items that may fade, discolour, or be damaged in bright light or humid conditions. We recommend bringing an extra layer for your comfort.
Please note that photography is not allowed in any of our exhibition spaces. Items are taken off display on a regular basis for conservation reasons and may also be lent to other institutions for exhibition. If you wish to be sure that a particular item is on display, please check in advance. Tel: +44 (0)20 7412 7332
The Gallery closes early at 6.00 on Monday and Friday. Saturday hours are 9.30-5.00. Sunday hours are 11.00-5.00