You must register for a full Reader Pass (a photo-pass) to use our Reading Room and you will need to bring two forms of identification with you.
Prospective readers should note that the British Library is very different from public and university libraries.
Admission to the Library's Reading Rooms requires a Reader Pass, which is issued subject to our Conditions of Use.
What you need to know when you arrive.
We recommend you order items in advance of your visit since most items at St Pancras, and all items at Boston Spa, are held in closed storage.
These FAQs can help new readers make the best use of their time in the Boston Spa Reading Room.
Information for readers with disabilities.
We have self service copying facilities and an assisted copy service.
Access to the Sound Archive via SoundServer
In our Reading Rooms
With the help of our experts
Online or by post
Full list of online catalogues
Collection Care videos
Finding the British Library, Boston Spa
St Pancras Reading Rooms
The links below are to Adobe PDF files. Accessibility solutions and free Reader software are available from Adobe.
Policy on Internet access at the British Library - PDF format