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Behind the scenes at the British Library

07 May 2024

Get into the heart of the Library with our new Bloomberg Connects digital guide

Bloomberg Connects app in the British Library

We’re pleased to launch our free digital guide to our London St Pancras site, which helps you explore our iconic Grade I listed building, taking in its history, architecture and collection items.

Users will discover the stories behind our artworks around the building, get a peek behind the scenes and find out about our dynamic event and exhibition programme.

Reckon you’re already an expert on all things British Library? Put your knowledge to the test with our quiz questions dispersed around some of our pages. How many red bricks did it take to build the Library? You’ll need to download the app to find out!

You can use the app during a visit to guide you around the building, before arrival to help you plan your way around, or after you’ve visited to learn more about things you may have missed. 

How to access our digital guide

You can access our digital guide from the comfort of your own home or via our WiFi onsite. Simply download the 'Bloomberg Connects' app from the App Store or Google Play.

Download the Bloomberg Connects app

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Once you have downloaded the Bloomberg Connects app to your mobile device or tablet, search for 'British Library' to access our guide.

How to use our digital guide

On the app, you'll find floor plans, video content with transcripts, audio clips and more. Explore all floors of the British Library and discover some of the extraordinary artworks on display.

When visiting the British Library in London St Pancras, look for Bloomberg Connects Look-Up Numbers next to collection items in the Sir John Ritblat Gallery: Treasures of the British Library and next to artworks on display around the building. Use the Look-Up Number or scan the QR to find related content in the app.

Look out for further content being added to the app over the coming months.

About Bloomberg Connects

Bloomberg Connects is a free app offering digital guides to over 350 museums and cultural organisations around the world. We are delighted to work in partnership with Bloomberg Philanthropies to make this digital guide possible.