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About Explore Archives and Manuscripts
With Explore Archives and Manuscripts you can search for information about our rich and unique archive and manuscript co...
Access manuscripts and archives
Accessing manuscripts and archives and obtaining a Letter of introduction or recommendation
Find and request Lord Chamberlain's Plays
How to locate items in our largest single manuscript collection
Find Arabic manuscripts
Details of Arabic manuscripts are to be found in a number of catalogues
Find charters, rolls, and seals
How to access medieval and early modern European documentary collections
Find Hebrew manuscripts
Guide to finding Hebrew manuscripts in our online catalogues
How to identify papyri and request them
Find Persian manuscripts
Details of Persian manuscripts are to be found in a number of catalogues
Guide to Explore Archives and Manuscripts
A guide to help you use the catalogue, covering: login, search, how to manage your results, how to browse the collection...
How to find material in Burmese and other language...
Details of items in the Myanmar (Burma) Collection can be found in numerous catalogues
How to handle archives
Watch our guide and help us keep our archive material in good condition
How to handle folded items
Find out how you should hand items like large maps and book inserts.
How to order images
Instructions on how to order images of the British Library's collections from our Imaging Services
How to reuse images of unpublished manuscripts
Guide to the copyright of unpublished documents
Provenance Research for books in the British Libra...
Where do the British Library’s old printed books ‘come from'? Who owned or read them in centuries past? Why does it matt...
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