Open Days for Doctoral Students at British Library

Our Doctoral Open Days are a chance for PhD students who are new to the Library to discover the British Library’s unique research materials. From newspapers to maps, datasets to manuscripts, ships’ logs to websites, our collections cover a wide range of formats and languages spanning the last 3,000 years. Doctoral Open Days are designed to explain the practicalities of using the Library and its services, plus help you navigate our physical and online collections. As well as hearing from our expert and friendly staff students will have the opportunity to meet researchers in all disciplines.


You will see that we have taken a different approach to this year’s events.  Subjects such as History, English, Drama, Art & Design etc, will now be covered in inter-disciplinary days concentrating on different aspects of the Library’s collections. As always, students are invited to attend the day they feel would be most relevant to their studies. The Open Days are as follows:


Asian & African Collections – 18 January 2016

News & Media Collections – 25 January 2016 

Pre 1600 Collections – 01 February 2016 

Music – 05 February 2016

Social Sciences – 12 February 2016

17th & 18th Century Collections – 19 February 2016

19th Century Collections – 22 February 2016

20th & 21st Century Collections – 26 February 2016


For details of the all Open Days and how to book please see our website. Places cost £5.00 including lunch.


Robin Saklatvala

Event Manager – Doctoral Open Days