WiFi at the British Library

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WiFi is available in the Library's London and Boston Spa Reading Rooms and in all our public areas in London.

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WiFi is available in all Reading Rooms and, in London, in all public areas including the café on the piazza.

Eduroam is also available at the Library.

Access to certain SpringerLink content is also available via the Library's WiFi.

How do I get online?

You need to be at the British Library to register for and access our WiFi service. To connect, view the available wireless networks on your device and select the appropriate option:

  • BL Registered User: use this if you have a British Library Online Account. (For example, if you have a Reader Pass, or have used the Library’s online Box Office to buy a ticket to an event.)
    Enter your British Library Online Account Username and Password to create your WiFi account.
  • BL Visitor: use this if you are you are a visitor to the Library.
    Enter your name and email address to create your WiFi account. Your login will be emailed to you. You then have 15 minutes to pick up your login details and activate your account.

You may login on up to three devices using the same credentials. If you do not use the service for 30 minutes, you will be timed out and will need to log in again.

If you have any problems connecting, please call the helpline on 020 7412 7005 (available during British Library St. Pancras opening hours).

Restrictions

  • The Library has web filtering software in place to prevent access to websites which are inappropriate for viewing in a public area. If you feel that a site has been miscategorised, or you have a legitimate research need to use a site that is blocked, email electronic-services@bl.uk with the URL of the website you are trying to access.
  • We ask you not to obstruct entrances or passageways, and not to create trip hazards by connecting cables to power sockets, when you are using your devices.
  • The first-floor Terrace Restaurant is reserved for diners and restaurant customers. Unless you are a restaurant customer we may ask you not to use your laptop in this area. We provide other seating areas for WiFi use on the upper ground and first floors.

Please see the Terms of Use, the Policy on Internet Access at the British Library and the Guidelines on the appropriate use of the Internet and the Library’s WiFi service for more details.

eduroam

eduroam is an external services that enables students and academic staff from participating institutions to use their academic credentials to securely access the internet from any participating institution.

  • The British Library is a participating institution and complies with the 'Home' and 'Visited' requirements. A home institution is one which permits other organisations to authenticate its users whilst they are at the remote site. Once configured for eduroam your device will be ready when you visit a participating organisation.
  • A visited institution is one which permits members from other organisations to use its facilities whilst they are on site.

If your home educational institution participates in eduroam, you should apply to them for a login. You can check for a list of participating organisations.

Any device you wish to use to access the service needs to be configured first. Once configured, your device should automatically connect to eduroam when you come onto Library premises. If it does not automatically connect, you should use the login details provided by your home institution to access eduroam at the Library. eduroam login details are distinct from British Library WiFi Username/ British Library Online Account details.

All users must be aware of and abide by the Policy on Internet Access at the British Library and the JANET Acceptable Use Policy when connecting to any British Library network. Web filtering is in place and access logs are kept to uniquely identify individual users if a breach of regulations is reported, or malicious activity detected.

If you have problems, contact your IT support at your home institution.

Access to SpringerLink eBooks and eJournals

Users of the Library's WiFi service can access open access and Library subscribed SpringerLink E-Books and E-Journals via the British Library SpringerLink app. The app is available on iTunes and Google Play.

SpringerLink is a publication database containing articles and chapters from peer-reviewed journals and books spanning every area of science, technology and medicine.

By using the app, you expressly agree to the Term of Use without further declaration being required.

If you have problems using the app and accessing content you will need to contact SpringerLink.