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Help: Electoral Registers

The Electoral Registers form that you use to request registers is found in Explore the British Library under 'Request Other Items'. You will be prompted to login before you can view the form and request the items.

To use the form to request Electoral registers you will need to know:

  • Whether the register pre-dates 1997 or post-dates 1997.
  • The shelfmark of the register.
  • The constituency.

To help you identify these details our website has information on:

For further information, or help with ordering, please consult with staff at the Reference Enquiries Desk in the Social Sciences Reading Room, or contact:

Social Sciences Reference Service
Tel: +44 (0)20 7412 7894
E-mail: Ask the Reference Team

To request an Electoral Register, other than a microfilm item:

  • Select Electoral Registers
  • Check the 'Up to 1997' or 'From 1998' radio button.
  • Enter the Shelfmark (this field is mandatory).
  • Enter the Constituency.
  • Click Request for today or Add to basket.

To request a microfilm Electoral Register (shelfmarks beginning with SPR.Mic.P):

  • Select Humanities and Social Sciences Collection.
  • Enter the Shelfmark (this field is mandatory).
  • Enter the Constituency in the title field.
  • Click Request for today or Add to basket.

Request for today

If you only wish to order the one item to a Reading Room:

  • Click Request for today.
  • Input a Year (this field is mandatory).
    NB: Only one year can be requested at a time; you cannot order consecutive years for electoral registers.
  • Input a note if this helps identify the item.
  • The Reading Location is pre-selected as these items can only be read in the Social Sciences Reading Room.
  • Click Confirm.

A pop-up window confirms whether the item has been requested. Close this window to return to Explore the British Library.

Add to basket

If you wish to order a number of items to a Reading Room, or make an advance request:

  • Click Add to basket.
  • Input a Year (this field is mandatory).
    NB: Only one year can be requested at a time; you cannot order consecutive years for electoral registers.
  • Input a note if this helps identify the item.
  • Click Confirm; and you will be advised that the item has been added to your basket.

You can add more items to your basket or proceed to your Basket to request the item by clicking the link in the top right of the screen (next to the Logout button).

Items not requested will remain in your basket for up to 90 days but they are still available for other people to request.