Reading Room Christmas opening hours

On Demand - open order

Planning to visit the Reading Rooms over Christmas? We’ve updated our opening hours, so take a look before you come.

Published date:

Tuesday 24 – Friday 27 December - The British Library in St Pancras and our site in Boston Spa, Yorkshire will be closed
Saturday 28 December - These Reading Rooms will be open 9.30 – 17.00

Humanities 1

Humanities 2

Rare Books & Music



Science 2

Science 3

Social Sciences

Asian & African Studies

These Reading Rooms will be closed:

Business and IP, Maps and Boston Spa

Sunday 29 December – All Reading Rooms closed

Monday 30 December – All Reading Rooms open as normal

Tuesday 31 December – All Reading Rooms open 09.30 – 17.00

Wednesday 1 January – The Library in St Pancras and Boston Spa will be closed
Pre-ordered items for 27 or 28 December?

Please contact Customer Services at who may be able to reserve your items for longer or transfer them to another Reading Room. You can also speak to a member of staff in any Reading Room for help. 

You can check the availability of items online before visiting the Library, in addition to our item delivery times over Christmas.

We look forward to seeing you again, either over Christmas or when our opening hours go back to normal from 2 January 2020.

News stories

RMS collection embargo

8 March 2022

We're enhancing our storage facilities in Boston Spa and some of our collections are being moved to enable this work. As a result, some of the items you requested might not be available while they're being moved.

Case studies

…Working with the British Library has been the best co-operative development I’ve ever experienced…

Jennifer Perkins from Clio tells us why her customers have seen a 75% reduction in failed requests since they integrated their Interlibrary Loans software with British Library On Demand

…British Library On Demand is a major pillar in our strategy, without it we couldn’t provide the service we do…

For the University of Sheffield, British Library On Demand does more than just supply articles. Their relationship with the British Library enables them to come good on their core promise to students and researchers.