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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.

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Featured online exhibitions

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

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Blue tit

The language of birds

Listen to the birds and find out why they sing

Picturing Places

Find out how images have shaped our view of the world

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Early Indian Printed Books

Discover one of the largest collections of digitised early Indian printed books

Resources, courses and more

Discovering Literature

Online exhibitions

Discover our collection items and read articles on a broad range of topics from the arts and sciences

Treasures in full

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

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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.

Newton statue by Poalozzi


News and articles from our curators, subject specialists and guest bloggers

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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.

Illuminated manuscripts

Online Gallery

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

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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.

Collection highlights

Mozart's Thematic Catalogue f.7v-8

Mozart's thematic catalogue

A thematic catalogue is a list of works accompanied by musical sketches of their opening bars.

This thematic catalogue, ...

Admiral Nelson's Trafalgar Memorandum, f1

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…

Study for an underwater breathing apparatus, f.24v

Leonardo da Vinci's notebook

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

Darwin's letter to Wallace, f61

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 ...