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How to register for a Reader Pass for the first time

You can register in person or pre-register online. We do not normally issue a Reader Pass to anyone under the age of 18. We cannot guarantee admission.

Our Reader Registration office, on the Upper Ground Floor at St Pancras, is open Monday to Saturday except for seasonal closures.

Register in person

Come to the Reader Registration Office to complete a PC-based application form. You must bring with you with the documentation required, including proof of identification and address.

You will not be able to reserve books prior to your first visit. 

Pre-register online

Once you have pre-registered online you need to come to the Reader Registration Office to complete your registration. You must bring with you with the documentation required, including proof of identification and address.

NB: Pre-register online only if applying for the first time. Do not pre-register online if you want to:

  • Renew a Reader Pass
  • Replace a lost or stolen pass
  • Apply for a temporary pass.

Do not pre-register online if you have pre-registered, or have had a Reader Pass, before. If you have had a Reader Pass before it will look like this, if it was issued since 2006:

 

Or it will look like this, if issued prior to 2006:

The benefits to pre-registration are that you can order items in advance of your first visit.

If you are applying for a Reader Pass for the first time:

NB: You should complete your registration within 3 months of pre-registration as you can only pre-register once. If you fail to complete the process within 3 months you will have to register in person at the Reader Registration Office.

Contact

Reader Registration
The British Library
96 Euston Road
London
NW1 2DB
United Kingdom

Tel: +44 (0)20 7412 7676
Fax: +44 (0)20 7412 7794

E-mail: Reader-Registration@bl.uk