You need to register for a Reader Pass to use the British Library Newspaper Reading Room.
You can register for either a Newspaper Reader Pass or a British Library photographic Reader Pass, as issued by Reader Registration at the British Library, St Pancras.
A Newspaper Reader Pass is available to anybody over the age of 18 who needs to use the Newspaper collections for research purposes, to consult material not readily available in other libraries.
Newspaper Reader Passes are issued to applicants in person in the Newspaper Reading Room. You will need to show two forms of identification, one proof of your identity (e.g. Passport, driving licence, bank cheque card etc) and one proof of your address (e.g. Utility Bill, Bank Statement, Driving Licence with address etc). For details of acceptable proofs of identity and address, please see Identification and Proof of Address requirements.
Special admission arrangements apply to readers under the age of 18. If you are under 18, please contact us before you visit the Library giving details of your age, the subject of your research, and the newspapers or periodicals you wish to consult.
The British Library
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