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We’re happy to confirm our Members’ Room will be staying open throughout London's tier 3 restrictions.

You can pre-book a ticket to visit the Reading Rooms and Reader Registration, and use our public desks and Members’ Room for personal study.

The new restrictions do mean we will be closing our galleries from Wednesday 16 December, and we'll be in touch if you have a gallery booking.

Book a visit to the Members' Room.

We'll be limiting the capacity in the Members' Room to keep everyone safe, and you must wear a face covering at all times. All other comforts you're used to enjoying will be here, with comfy seating, work desks, Wi-Fi and power sockets available throughout. We really look forward to seeing you. 

We look forward to welcoming back as many of you as we can.

Preparing for your visit

  • The Members’ Room will be open from 10.30 – 15.30, Tuesday – Saturday
  • You will need to pre-book your visit to the Members’ Room. If you'd like to bring a friend you must also book their ticket in advance. Book Now
  • Our first floor café seating is open for Readers with pre-booked tickets, but we are unable to provide catering in the Members’ Room under current tier 3 restrictions
  • For any other questions about your visit, please email, or our staff will be present in the Members’ Room to help you with any queries.

Find out how we’re welcoming you to the Library safely.

Become a Member

The British Library Members’ Room was rated as ‘one of the best in London’ by the Evening Standard. Exclusive access to the Members’ Room is one of the many benefits our Members enjoy by supporting the Library and keeping knowledge, arts, research and culture open to everyone. Find out more about the benefits of British Library Membership and become a Member today.

Data Protection and Track & Trace

In addition to collecting contact details as part of our normal booking process, we will also be recording the times that users enter and leave our premises in order to reduce the risk of a local outbreak of coronavirus.

In line with guidance issued by the Department for Health and Social Care, we will keep these details for 21 days. We will share your contact details with Test and Trace personnel, if asked, in the event of a fellow user or staff member testing positive for coronavirus.

Your data will be kept secure and handled in line with ethical standards and the Data Protection Act at every stage of the process – from its collection and storage by us to its transfer and use by NHS Test and Trace. NHS Test and Trace will handle all data according to the highest ethical and security standards and it will be used only for NHS care, management, evaluation and research.

The Library’s Privacy Policy can be found on our website.

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We’ve been awarded the Industry Standard mark which means we are following government and industry COVID-19 guidelines to maintain cleanliness and aid social distancing.