Join us for a free autism-friendly early opening of the British Library
An event for families with children on the autism spectrum and other sensory needs. Enjoy the Library free from the hustle and bustle of the general public.
Explore our current exhibition, Paddington: The Story of a Bear, and take part in a workshop in our Learning Centre.
A dedicated sensory room will also be available for children needing a quieter and calmer space.
This event is free and suitable for parents and carers with children aged 5–15 years and their siblings.
All visitors to this special early opening will receive a visual story in advance to provide an idea of what to expect on arrival. Please note that the Library opens to the general public at 11.00.
We’ve made a few changes to keep everyone safe:
- Limited numbers and activities set up to support social distancing
- Regular enhanced cleaning of the spaces and equipment, and hand sanitiser stations for everyone to use
- Adults and children over 11 will need to wear a face covering unless exempt.
Click here to find out more about how we’re welcoming you to the Library safely.
Travel partner: Great Western Railway
Paddington: The Story of a Bear is supported by the Unwin Charitable Trust