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Can I copy material in the Reading Rooms?
What you need to know about copying British Library collections in our Reading Rooms
Can I take photographs of British Library material...
You can take photos of our collection items yourself in British Library Reading Rooms
We collect thousands of electronic journals, books and websites and hundreds of databases. You need to come to the Libra...
Free Discovery and 1-2-1 sessions: 2023
We offer a range of free Discovery and 1-2-1 sessions to help you make the most of your time researching here.
Guide to Explore the British Library
A guide to help you use the catalogue, covering: login, search, how to manage your results, how to order/view items
Guide to the British National Bibliography
A guide to help you use the British National Bibliography catalogue, covering: login, search, and how to manage your res...
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 books
See the techniques you should use to keep our books in good shape.
How to handle folded items
Find out how you should hand items like large maps and book inserts.
How to handle rolled items
We show how you should unroll items like scrolls, rolls and maps.
How to request items not in the catalogue
Our online catalogues do not contain records for all the items we hold; but you can use these catalogues to order items...
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...
Search for resources in microforms
How to search for resources in microforms
This page states the terms and conditions surrounding the British Library’s out of copyright books which have been digit...
Using gloves with books and manuscripts
Should you wear gloves? Here's some advice to help you decide.
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