How to upgrade your Reader number to a British Library Online account

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How to upgrade to an online account

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  • Click the Upgrade button; the step 1 screen displays
  • Enter your Reader details
  • Click Continue.
The Step 2 screen displays. If you already have a British Library Online Account, because you’ve registered with one of the services listed:

  • Choose Yes, I have registered
  • Enter your Username
  • Enter your Password
  • Click Continue.

You will see confirmation that you have finished the upgrade process.

If you do not already have a British Library Online Account:

  • Choose No, I haven’t registered
  • Click Continue; the Step 3 screen displays
  • Enter your email address (if you don’t have an email address check the box)
  • Set up a username and password
  • Choose a security question and supply your answer
  • Accept the Terms and Conditions
  • Click Register.
Step 4 confirms that you have completed the process. You can now log in to Explore the British Library. 
NB: You retain your old Reader number as your account number.
If you need more assistance, please ask at Reference Enquiries, or contact Customer Services.