British Library @britishlibrary avatarBritish Library

Instagram photos and videos

Hear directly from the British Library apprentices as they spill the beans on what it’s really like working for such a well known organisation and share what is so special about their roles.

If you’re interested in becoming an apprentice at the British Library make sure you click the link in our bio to apply now.


0   240  

Today’s top tips from our apprentices;
Alice Dix - Marketing, Kyle Ciesinski - finance and Jason Chapman - IT.


3   355  

Here is our Business & IP Centre apprentice, Jordan Latif on reception in the BIPC at the Library – some of his responsibilities include entering data from our visitors, interacting with visitors on a regular basis, ensuring the centre is looked after and answering all queries about workshops and events.

Swipe across to see Jordan at work and find out what his line manager has to say... #BLApprentices

3   383  

The apprentices have arrived and they’ve got a lot to say... Step into the exciting world of British Library apprenticeships; get to know the fantastic individuals on their inspiring journeys gaining new skills, knowledge and experiences.

Take an exclusive glimpse into their daily routines and responsibilities whilst getting the low down on what it’s really like to work for such a well-established organisation – Hold tight, the apprentices are taking over.


3   1,463  

Tune in tomorrow to follow the first group of ambitious apprentices from the British Library on the last stretch of their journey and see just how far they’ve come. Prepare to be introduced to the apprentices from both St Pancras and Boston Spa to get a real insider view of both sites as they takeover our Instagram account for the day!

2   715  

Our Reading Rooms are designed with the Reader first in mind. Since much of the centre spaces in some rooms are occupied by bookshelves, natural light is introduced from the sides through windows at the top of the room, helping to make a light working environment #ForEveryone.
Which is your favourite Reading Room to work in?

14   1,283  

Original records, created as the voyages unfolded, offer glimpses into the past. This entry in the Endeavour’s log records James Cook’s first landing in Australia, at a place which he later called Botany Bay, in April 1770. He writes about a confrontation with two men armed with spears who opposed the British landing, a story which has been re-told many times since, and which remains both highly contested and symbolically important in Australian history. ⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀ ⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀
Hear the stories. Read the diaries. Revisit the momentous voyages made 250 years ago in #BLCookVoyages

5   1,915  

The Perseids meteor shower will be at its peak on Sunday night, producing more than 100 shooting stars per hour. ⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀
For all you stargazers out there, this c. 1700 pocket globe with its own miniature sun at its centre, depicts the 12 zodiac constellations. ⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀
It’s housed in a leather case with charts of the northern and southern celestial hemispheres pasted onto the inside. See it in our #BLTreasures Gallery. No telescopes needed.

13   2,187  

No matter what book you're reading, where you're reading it, or how you're reading it this #BookLoversDay, enjoy!
(Image from 'Lilliput Lyrics' by William Brighty Rands and Charles Robinson, 1899)

24   3,588  

These posters were produced by the Ministry of Information to encourage support for the war effort during World War II.
The caption on the Volunteer from British Guiana poster is unusual as it names its subject: Diana Williams was one of many women from the ‘West Indies’ who had volunteered with the Auxiliary Territorial Service and come to Britain. The poster emphasises her ‘equal chance of promotion’. Though many Caribbean people understood their wartime service as part of a larger movement for racial equality, they nevertheless often encountered racism within the Armed Forces.
Find out more in our free exhibition, Windrush: Songs in a Strange Land. Click the link in our bio.
Images © Crown Copyright

8   1,128  

#Didyouknow that James Cook’s words inspired a famous Star Trek phrase? #BLCookVoyages

3   874  

What a purrfect visitor on #InternationalCatDay! Keep an eye out for more cat-themed capers coming to the Library soon... #WeWishWeHadABLCat

16   2,813