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Manuscripts Reading Room

The Manuscripts Reading Room has a wealth of information and resources to help your in your research.

It is the enquiry point for the Library's western language manuscript collections (i.e. written by hand, not printed). The collection includes literary, historical manuscripts and private papers.

In the Manuscripts Reading Room you can:

  • Find some information on the shelves
  • Access online databases and electronic journals
  • Order collection items to the Reading Room via our catalogues.

If you need help, just ask our Information Specialists at the Reference Enquiry desk.

Collection items available on the open access shelves

Specialist reference material relating to the British Library western manuscript collections.