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Web Archives

The Legal Deposit UK Web Archive includes millions of websites obtained through our annual archiving of the entire UK domain. This was enabled by the non-print legal deposit regulations introduced by the government in April 2013. This content can only be viewed in a UK Legal Deposit reading room.

The Open UK Web Archive is a smaller collection (approximately 15,000) of selected websites archived by the British Library and its partners since 2003, with permissions from the owners. Selected websites will continue to be added to this open access collection, again with the permission of website owners. This content can be viewed anywhere.

Both collections can be searched (on and off-site) at