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Special registration arrangements for people under 18

We do not routinely give access to people under the age of 18 unless there is a clear need to see specific items unavailable in other libraries. We cannot admit anyone aged 11 or under to the Reading Rooms.

The following special arrangements apply.


Everyone must provide proof of identity and proof of address. For under 16s who cannot provide address proof in their own name we will accept a document bearing the name and address of a parent/guardian.


You must apply in person at the Reader Registration Office, you cannot pre-register online. You should complete an under 18 application form and send it to arrive at least 10 days in advance of your visit. On the form you should explain why you need access to the British Library and give details of the specific items you require and which other libraries you have already used. Please do not visit until you have heard from us.

Age 16 and 17

As you are under 18, you cannot legally agree to the conditions for using the British Library Reading Rooms. You must have the form signed by your teacher (if you intend to use the Library for school or college work); or by a parent/guardian. The person who completes this form must accept full responsibility for you while you are in the Library. He or she must be aware of the Conditions of Use.

Age 12 to 15

You should apply in advance (as described above for 16 and 17-year-olds). When visiting the Library you will need to be accompanied at all times by a responsible adult aged 18 or over. This could be your teacher or a parent/guardian. This person will also need to register for a Reader Pass.

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

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

PDF files

The links below are to Adobe PDF files. Accessibility solutions and free Reader software are available from Adobe.