Our locations

The British Library building

The British Library has two main locations: St Pancras, London and Boston Spa, Yorkshire.

St Pancras, London

The British Library at St Pancras is a stunning marble and brick building that sits alongside St Pancras International station. As well as being the base for around 1,000 of our staff, it's home to eleven Reading Rooms spanning all research disciplines, and the Sir John Ritblat Gallery which contains a number of the Library's most precious treasures. These include such diverse items as the Magna Carta, the Lindisfarne Gospels, Captain Scott's Antarctic expedition diary and a birthday card with the original lyrics to A Hard Day's Night by the Beatles. The PACCAR Gallery is also at St Pancras, which hosts two major exhibitions a year.

Boston Spa, Yorkshire

Our extensive site in Boston Spa, near Wetherby in the West Yorkshire countryside, is based between York and Leeds. It's the base for around 600 British Library staff, which makes us one of the largest local employers, and includes a pioneering automated storage facility and a Reading Room where any of the seven million items in the Document Supply collections can be consulted.

Our locations - Boston Spa Additional Storage Building

Case studies from our staff

…Our team is constantly learning and developing…

We have been at the forefront of digitisation and digital preservation projects for over two decades.

…You won't find these kind of challenges in many other organisations…

Whilst we’re structured like many other IT teams, what we do day-to-day ultimately leads to the preservation of our history and collective knowledge. And, because our collection is very diverse, it could be print or sound based.

…The sheer size of the place means there are great development opportunities…

We help people find and use material held in some of the most unusual and hard to search parts of our collection – answering questions from Readers as well as those phoned in or sent to us as emails and letters, or via our QuestionPoint and Chat services.

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