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By Alexander Baron     Oct 21, 2011 in World
The world's leading research archive is more than about mere books; there are regular events and exhibitions open to members of the public.
First, the British Library is not a public library, so don't think you can just walk in and browse. Since moving to its current location at Kings Cross it has hosted regular events, exhibitions and meetings; some require you to open your wallet; others don't. Let's start with the free stuff.
If you are a reader, the Library is holding free training sessions on the new catalogue. The current integrated catalogue and other main catalogues are shortly to be integrated into one mega-catalogue containing to date 56+ million entries. This new “Explore The British Library” interface is already available, but for those who want to get to grips with it, training sessions are currently being held daily, five days a week, from 2pm. Full details can currently be found here:
On October 31, there is a special day long workshop for Judaica studies. Highly recommended to David Icke, who might just learn something in addition to his conspiracy ramblings. Book quickly here.
Between November 11 and March 13, it is hosting a major exhibition of illuminated manuscripts. Details including tickets can be found here.
For tourists especially, the Library offers tours including of the reading rooms (on Sundays). These are £8 per person or £85 for groups, and last about one hour. Details can be found here.
Finally, check out the Library's vast website which includes catalogues for books, newspapers and music, and much more.
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