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Adding a link to the British Library on your website

You are welcome to link to the British Library website and any of its HTML pages. When creating a link please observe the following:

  • Do not include any British Library pages within a frame or frameset.
  • Indicate that the page is from the British Library website.
  • Ensure that all copyright regulations are followed.

Text and graphic links to the British Library's homepage

The text and image shown below should assist you in coding your html links to our homepage. Paste the HTML code directly into your page.

The British Library

<a href="" target="_blank">The British Library</a>

Link to British Library website

<a href=""><img src="" width="36" height="68" alt="Link to British Library website" border="0"></a>

Linking to pages deeper within the website

When linking to pages deeper within the website you must also observe the following:

  • Only link directly to HTML pages. If you wish to send users to a PDF file please link to the HTML page containing the link to the PDF in question.
  • Where possible include the actual page title in the linking text used.

    e.g. Help for researchers (The British Library)

    <a href="">Help for researchers</a> (The British Library)
  • Do not link to pages that are part way through a business process such as a shopping basket, or pages resulting from a catalogue search or form submission as there is no guarantee that the information in the page will be the same for any returning users.

Linking to the website search and Explore the British Library

Please use the following code examples when linking to the website search page or Explore the British Library.

Search the British Library website for comprehensive information about the Library, its collections, and its services.

Search the <a href="">British Library website</a> for comprehensive information about the Library, its collections, and its services.

Search Explore the British Library containing over 12 million items.

Search the British Library <a href="">Explore the British Library</a> containing over 12 million items.

Using the British Library website search box on your website

If you would like to place the British Library website search box on your website please comply with the following:

  • clearly identify the box as belonging to the British Library
  • display the search results in their own window, not within a frame or frameset
  • use only the exact search code provided below
  • link the words 'British Library website' to the British Library homepage

<table><tr> <form name="search" method="get" action="" style="margin-top:0px;margin-bottom:0px"> <td class="text">Search the <a href="">British Library website</a>: </td> <td><input type="text" name="q" maxlength="255" value="" class="frontpage" style="width:150px" size="12"/></td> <td><input name="btnG" type="image" value="go" src="" alt="Submit search" align="middle" width="19" height="19" border="0" /> <input type="hidden" name="site" value="public"/> <input type="hidden" name="client" value="public"/> <input type="hidden" name="proxystylesheet" value="public"/> <input type="hidden" name="output" value="xml_no_dtd"/></td> </form></tr></table>

If you require any further assistance regarding creating links to pages on the British Library website please contact us by email.

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