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Registering for a Reader Pass

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.

Note: Major changes have been introduced for Readers using the Boston Spa Reading Room. These changes affect how you gain access to the Reading Room and use our collections.

You should note that:

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:

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

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