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Grab yourself a British Library membership this Xmas

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Written by Tim Barnes-Clay

If you or your family love reading and learning, then a British Library membership is the way to go.

This Christmas treat yourself or a loved one to a gift that that will last way beyond the festive season.

From just £80 per year for one person, a British Library annual membership lets you experience everything the library has to offer. From five-star exhibitions to high-profile talks and events, alongside a wide range of other exciting benefits. There are also brilliant literary, historical, scientific and artistic works from all over the globe and every age of written civilisation.

The British Library is Europe’s largest library holds over 150 million items and boasts historical pieces dating back as far as 2000 BC. With something for everyone, it’s home to Leonardo da Vinci sketches, the famed Magna Carta and more.

Unique exhibition

Memberships will also have access to unique exhibitions such as the ‘Anglo-Saxon Kingdoms: Art, Word War’ exhibition taking place from now until 12th February 2019. Plus, the upcoming ‘Writing: Making Your Mark’ exhibition, which is taking place 26th April – 29th August 2019.

Members will also have access to a range of special events such as the ‘Conservation Demonstration’ which is taking place on 1st March 2019, 10.30am – 12.30pm. This one-of-a-kind event introduces you to the fascinating world of the British Library Conservation team through practical demonstrations and presentations.

You will also have access to the exclusive Members’ Room, which doubles up as a work space for those looking for an inspiring alternative office to work, relax and meet people in. Plus, there is entry for Members and friends to the Knowledge Centre Bar.

Vital support

Members can enjoy priority booking for the British Library’s top line up of talks and performances and are entitled to a 20% discount in the public restaurants, cafes and shops. Membership funds also help to provide the vital support that the British Library needs to be able to care for their amazing collections for generations to come.

The full list of benefits includes:

  • Free entry for you and a guest to British Library exhibitions
  • Priority booking for the cultural events season
  • Four free event tickets per year
  • Exclusive access for you and a guest to the daytime Members’ Room, overlooking the King’s Library
  • Entry for you and three guests to the Knowledge Centre Bar, with food and drink every weeknight from 18.00 – 22.00
  • Listings guides sent direct so you’re always up to date with what’s on
  • 20% off in our public restaurants, cafés and shops

For more information or to become a member, please visit