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Video guides to using the Library

Watch our quick guides to getting started with your research at the Library. Find out how to register for a Reader Pass and start using our Reading Rooms. All the beautiful items featured are from our collections.

You can also watch a series of videos which explore our collections.

Registering for a Reader Pass

To use the Library you will need a free Reader Pass. You can pre-register for a Pass before your visit to save you time. You will need to bring identification on your first visit, so make sure you check our list of accepted documents.

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Using the Reading Rooms

The main Library building is at St Pancras in central London. Find out more about our locations and how to visit. You may find that other London libraries are more relevant to your needs - we have compiled a list. To protect our collections, we have guidelines for using the Reading Rooms as well as video guides to using collection items.

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All items featured are from the British Library's collections. Find more images with our Images Online service.