Doctoral Open Days – British Library

Doctoral Open Days – Explore Our Research Collections

Doctoral Open Days - Event lecture

Practical and inspiring open days for first year PhD students

Have you just started your PhD? Our Doctoral Open Days are a chance for you to discover the British Library. Learn about our manuscripts, archives, books, maps, visual art, sound recordings, newspapers, zines, stamps, official publications, journals, databases, websites … and more! Spanning over 3,500 years of history, drawn from across the world and covering hundreds of languages, the Library’s collection is an essential research resource, unique in its size, variety and potential to support scholarship across a wide range of different disciplines and subject areas.  We understand that researching can be an overwhelming process. These events are designed to introduce you to the Library, explain the practicalities of using our catalogues and services, and give you tips on navigating our fascinating, vast and diverse physical and digital collections. You will also have the opportunity to meet our expert and friendly staff and other researchers in your field.

To make the most of your day, we encourage you to pre-register for a free Reader Pass before the event.

These Open Days are aimed at first year PhD students who are new to the Library. Each day focuses on a different thematic area of the Library’s collection – just select the one that will be most useful for your research. If you are interested in booking more than one event, please email Booking essential.

Places cost £10 each and include lunch and refreshments.

All events take place in the British Library Knowledge Centre at St Pancras, London, except for the event on 30 January 2019, which takes place at the Library’s site in Boston Spa, Yorkshire.

Series events

Doctoral Open Days - Music Collection Item

Doctoral Students Open Day 2018-2019 – Music

Doctoral Open Days - Asian & Africa collection item
Doctoral Open Days - Crowds on the street (Social Sciences)

Doctoral Students Open Day 2019 – Social Sciences

Doctoral Open Days - Boston Spa storage

Doctoral Students Open Day 2019 – Boston Spa and beyond

Doctoral Open Days - 19th Century Collection Item

Doctoral Students Open Day 2019 – 19th-Century Collections

Doctoral Open Days - Pre-1600 Collection Item

Doctoral Students Open Day 2019 – Pre-1600

Doctoral Open Days – Americas Collection Item (Puffins)

Doctoral Students Open Day 2019 – The Americas Collections