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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 routinely issue a Reader Pass to anyone under the age of 18. We cannot guarantee admission.

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

At Boston Spa, Yorkshire, Reader Registration is open Monday to Friday except for seasonal closures. We strongly recommend that readers using the Boston Spa Reading Room pre-register online

Register in person

Come to:

  • Reader Registration on the Upper Ground Floor at St Pancras, London
  • Reception at Boston Spa, Yorkshire

to 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 request books prior to your first visit. 

Pre-register online

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

Readers using the Boston Spa Reading Room are strongly advised to order items in advance as the minimum delivery time to this reading room is 48 hours.

More information is available in our FAQs for readers using the London Reading Rooms and readers using the Boston Spa Reading Room.

Once you have pre-registered online you need to come to

  • Reader Registration  on the Upper Ground Floor at St Pancras, London
  • Reception Boston Spa, Yorkshire

 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:

Further information

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

Customer Services, Reader Registration, The British Library,
Boston Spa, Wetherby, West Yorkshire, LS23 7BQ, United Kingdom
Tel: +44(0)1937 546060; Fax: +44(0)1937 546333
E-mail: Reader-Service-Enquiries@bl.uk