British Library Online Account

Secondary ESOL

You need a British Library Online Account to use many of our services; or use extra features when logged in. You open an account by registering your details with us.

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What services require an online account?

What extra features can I get with an online account?

You can also register for a basic British Library Online Account.

A basic account gives you extra functionality, over a Guest user, when you log in to our catalogues: Explore the British Library and Explore Archives and Manuscripts.

Once logged in you can:

  • add records to My workspaces – to keep a record of item relevant to your research
  • save searches – to re-run the same search at a later date
  • save alerts - to receive emails when new items, that match your search terms, are added to the catalogue.

Register for a basic account.

What if I want to use more than one of your services?

If, in the future, you require other Library services you won't need to register from scratch; you can change your account options to include the new service(s).