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Use of laptops and PDAs

You may bring your own laptop computer or PDA into the St Pancras Reading Rooms and connect to the power supply subject to the following conditions:

  • You may not connect your equipment to the Library's network or download any item from our electronic resources to it.
  • The Library will not accept responsibility for any resulting damage to your equipment.
  • The Library reserves the right to carry out safety checks on your equipment as necessary.
  • Computer bags are not allowed in the Reading Rooms and laptops should be carried in a clear British Library plastic bag, if considered necessary.
  • You may not use your laptop computer or PDA at the laptop-free seats.

Some of the desks have security "D" rings attached to them, to secure laptops.

Laptop-free seats

Readers may use a laptop computer or PDA at any seat in the Humanities, Science, Maps, Asian & African Studies, Manuscripts and Social Sciences Reading Rooms and the Business & IP Centre. 

In the Rare Books & Music Reading Room seats 50-93 are designated laptop-free. You may not use your laptop computer or PDA at these seats.