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Boston Spa Reading Room

In our Boston Spa Reading Room you can view over 7,000,000 items from our Research Collection. This Reading Room can be found at the Library's site on the Thorp Arch Trading Estate near Wetherby, West Yorkshire. 

Please note: Major changes have been introduced for Readers using the Boston Spa Reading Room. The changes affect  how you gain access to the Reading Room and use our collections

Reader Registration

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.

Who can register for a Reader Pass

Prospective readers should note that the British Library is very different from public and university libraries.

Conditions of Use of the Library's Reading Rooms

Admission to the Library's Reading Rooms requires a Reader Pass, which is issued subject to our Conditions of Use.

Using the Boston Spa Reading Room

What you need to know when you arrive.

How to order items

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.

Reader FAQs

These FAQs can help new readers make the best use of their time in the Boston Spa Reading Room.

Accessibility

Information for readers with disabilities.

Copy services

We have self service copying facilities and an assisted copy service.

Listening to sound recordings

Access to the Sound Archive via SoundServer