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Reader Bulletin: February 2014

 News

Adopt a Book for Valentine’s Day
Last Chance – Georgians Revealed: Life, Style and the Making of Modern Britain
Former Colindale periodicals available to order again
Treasures Gallery temporary closure
Beautiful Science: Picturing Data, Inspiring Insight
Explore memories of World War One

 Adopt a Book for Valentine’s Day

Do you want to surprise someone with a unique gift for Valentine's Day? Say it with words, Adopt a Book from the British Library! From as little as £25 you can choose from our booklist, specially updated for the occasion. For a more personal gift, splash out with £150 and choose any title across our entire collection. Help conserve the wonderful collection of the Library by giving an individual and thoughtful gift to a loved one today.

Visit the Adopt a book pages.

 Last Chance – Georgians Revealed: Life, Style and the Making of Modern Britain

Until 11 March 2014
£9 / £5 concessions

There are only a few weeks left to experience this “stunning” (Mail Online) exhibition and to discover the Georgians as they really were, through the objects that tell the stories of their lives. Don’t miss out.

Book now at Georgians Revealed.

 Former Colindale periodicals available to order again

From February 17 periodicals formerly held at Colindale – and embargoed since June last year – will be available to order again. The majority of periodicals, amounting to some 24,000 titles, have been moved to Boston Spa and will be available to order into any St Pancras Reading Room within 48 hours. Find out more inside.

 Treasures Gallery temporary closure

Please note that the Library’s Treasures Gallery will be closed for refurbishment from 14 February - 7 March. The free Beautiful Science exhibition will open on 20 February and Georgians Revealed runs until 11 March.

 Beautiful Science: Picturing Data, Inspiring Insight

20 February - 26 May

From 20 February join us for Beautiful Science, a stunning exhibition and events season that explores how visualising scientific data can provide new insight into our lives, our origins and our planet. From plotting cholera infections in the 19th century to the latest climate modelling, the exhibition will reveal the meaning in graphs, diagrams and maps. From debate to comedy, we’re hosting an events season designed to make you think.

Find out more at Beautiful Science.

 Explore memories of World War One

We have just launched a new website exploring the legacy of World War One. Expert commentary and interviews, sharing contemporary research, and original documents and images cover themes including ‘Origins and outbreak’, ‘Daily Life on the Battlefield’, and ‘Propaganda on a Global Scale’.

Visit the World War One site.

 Service updates

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 Lost or stolen pass

Check our website for details on renewing - you’ll need to provide proof of your home address and signature. Your records in Explore the British Library will be saved until your pass expires. Please see Reader Registration.

 Follow @BL_Ref_Services

@BL_Ref_Services on Twitter for tips on using the Library and updates on how busy it is in the Reading Rooms.

 Free Reader Training Sessions

To find out more about all our workshops and book your place, visit the workshops page. There is a heavy demand for these courses so if you are booked on one and later find that you are unable to come, please let us know so that we can offer the place to someone else.

 Event highlights

We run a wide range of fascinating events for the general public as well as researchers and businesses. Explore our full events programme online at What's On.

Web in Feb
Archives and Manuscripts
Former Colindale periodicals available to order again
Find My Past
Competition - Win a luxury country break in Hampshire
Earth Sciences resources
Boston Spa Reading Room refurbishment - disruption expected
New resource: The Literary Encyclopedia

 Web in Feb

1 – 28  February 2014

Become a web wizard and take advantage of the digital marketing boom. In 2013, retail e-commerce sales in the UK reached £45.5 billion, according to eMarketer, and is set to be even bigger this year. The Business & IP Centre is running a month long series of special activities to help you and your business conquer the web. Learn how to increase your sales, streamline your business and enter global markets.

Book now at BIPC.

 Archives and Manuscripts

Search our Catalogue, Archives and Manuscripts is the online catalogue of the Library’s collections of unique and largely unpublished literary, musical and religious works, family and personal papers, and official records. 200,000 new descriptions have been added to the catalogue in the past year including, for example, the East India Company’s Correspondence with the East, 1602–1753, the Alec Guinness Archive and the Papers of William Dacres Adams.

Search the catalogue: http://searcharchives.bl.uk/.

 Former Colindale periodicals available to order again

From February 17 periodicals formerly held at Colindale – and embargoed since June last year – will be available to order again. The majority of periodicals, amounting to some 24,000 titles, have been moved to Boston Spa and will be available to order into any St Pancras Reading Room within 48 hours. A small number of high-use periodicals have been moved to St Pancras and will be available to order into any St Pancras Reading Room within 70 minutes.

Readers will be able to order these journals online in advance of their visit using Explore the British Library which will have improved information about the titles and volumes held by the Library. Readers will also be able to track the progress of their requests via My Reading Room Requests. Records for microfilm and print newspapers that are currently being moved will become visible at the same time. Although these items remain unavailable for the time being, the records will link to digital versions where these are available and will help Readers to plan future research.

Microfilm items will become available when the new Reading Room opens at the end of March. Print newspapers will become available again in the Autumn where there is no microfilm or digital alternative available in our collection.

Find out more at Newspaper Moves.

 Find My Past

The British Library has launched online 2.4 million records of people from all walks of life documented in the India Office Records, ranging from baptisms, marriages and burials in India to cadet papers and applications to join the Indian civil service.  Digitised in partnership with genealogy specialists Find My Past, images and transcriptions of records for administrators, soldiers, sailors, missionaries and entrepreneurs are now available to subscribers via Find My Past and are free to access in the Reading Rooms.

 Competition - Win a luxury country break in Hampshire

To celebrate our Georgians Revealed exhibition we are offering you a chance to win a three-night stay in the Four Seasons Hotel Hampshire. Stay in a restored Georgian manor house located in one of England's prettiest counties. The prize includes a three night stay for two people on a B&B basis; one three-course dinner each and one spa treatment each.

Enter the competition by completing the form.

 Earth Sciences resources

Are you involved in earth sciences research? Our science collections provide online access to two major databases in your subject area. GeoRef is one of the world’s most comprehensive sources of geoscience information, established by the American Geosciences Institute in 1966. Geobase is a multidisciplinary database of international literature in earth sciences, development studies, geomechanics and human geography. Geobase is strong in non-English language and hard to find sources of information. Both databases are available in the Reading Rooms via the Ovid platform enabling cross searching of the two databases.

 Boston Spa Reading Room refurbishment - disruption expected

The Boston Spa Reading Room is to be refurbished February - March 2014 to update the facility and provide an improved working environment for our users. We will also be updating our visitor reception area. Work is expected to begin in mid-February and last six weeks. Although we plan to maintain services to Readers, these will be temporarily relocated to a room nearby. It is likely there will be some disruption to services.

Find updates at Boston Spa Reading Room.

 New resource: The Literary Encyclopedia

We now provide free access to The Literary Encyclopedia in the Reading Rooms in St Pancras and in Boston Spa. The Literary Encyclopedia provides an evolving cultural reference work being developed collectively by scholars around the world. It currently offers excellent coverage of works originally written in English, as well as German, Russian, French, Italian and classical literatures, with growing coverage of Hispanic, postcolonial and other world literatures.

Tell us what you think about the 'new look' Reader Bulletin

We are keen to hear what you think about the Reader Bulletin – what you find interesting or helpful and what you feel we could improve. We are also interested to know the format you prefer, whether a printed copy or an electronic version, as well as your views on other possible forms of communication. Please email Melissa Byrd.