Anyone can apply for a Reader Pass, but due to pressure on our services we cannot guarantee admission.
Our registration staff will have an introductory discussion with you about your need to use our collections. Staff may suggest other, more appropriate libraries or sources for your research.
You should note that:
- The British Library is very different from public and university libraries.
- Other libraries or sources may be more appropriate to your research and staff may refer you elsewhere.
- We do not normally issue a Reader Pass to anyone under the age of 18.
- We issue a pass subject to your need to see specific items in our collections. Before you register, you should search our Catalogues to confirm we have the material you require; and bring these details with you when you register.
- We will need to see proof of your identity and proof of your address.
Once registered you will be given a Reader Pass. Passes are valid for a period of between one month and three years, depending on your needs and are issued subject to the Library's Conditions of Use.
Readers with disabilities who may need additional support should contact us.
To proceed, choose one of the following:
- Extend an expired Reader Pass (existing readers only; allows you to request material before renewing your pass in person)
- Renew a Reader Pass (existing readers only; up to 6 months before expiry)
- Register for the first time.
The British Library
96 Euston Road
Tel: +44 (0)20 7412 7676
Fax: +44 (0)20 7412 7794