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Browsers | JavaScript | Linking to the website | Audio and video | Interactives | Adobe PDF | Printing | Problems


This website will work with a wide range of modern browsers: Chrome, Firefox, Opera, Safari and Internet Explorer 7.0 and above.


Explore the British Library and some other areas of the site require JavaScript. See instructions for enabling JavaScript in principal browsers.

 Linking to the website

We encourage links to our website. When you create links to the home page or other pages on our website, please use our help page on adding links to the British Library website.

 Audio and video

Sound files on this site can be played using Windows Media Player. The quality will vary depending on your connection speed to the internet. Linux users can play Windows Media (.wma) files with MPlayer. Please note that the quality of the sounds on our website does not necessarily reflect the quality of the originals in the British Library. Most videos can be played using Windows Media Player, but some require Adobe Flash.


Some content (such as the Virtual Books) requires Adobe Flash, Shockwave or Microsoft Silverlight for the full experience. Where possible, we offer an HTML alternative, but note that some of the functionality of the original may be lost.

Use the links below to download the free software:

Adobe Flash
Adobe Shockwave
MS Silverlight

 Adobe PDF

This website includes PDF (Portable Document Format) files. To access them you must have Adobe Acrobat installed on your computer. Use the links below to download the free software and also to find out about the Adobe solutions to accessibility issues associated with PDF files.

Adobe Acrobat PDF viewer
Adobe Acrobat solutions for accessibility


All pages are designed to be printer-friendly pages.


If you have technical problems with this website, please contact us by e-mail or write to this address:

Web Services
The British Library
Boston Spa
West Yorkshire
LS23 7BQ
United Kingdom

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