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There is some disruption to the availability of items in our collection

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British Library and Qatar Foundation digitisation project

There is some disruption to the availability of items in our collection as a result of a major digitisation project the British Library is running with the Qatar Foundation.

These items will include archival material relating to the Gulf from the East India Company and India Office, and also some medieval Arabic scientific manuscripts.

We strongly advise readers to check the availability of materials online and to contact the Asian & African Studies Reference team for advice.

Once digitised the material will become available online in addition to being available for consultation in our Reading Rooms.

We apologise for any inconvenience this may cause.

British Library and Google digitisation project

A number of items from our collection are temporarily unavailable to readers as a result of a major digitisation project the British Library is running with Google.

These items, which include books and pamphlets in English and other mainly European languages dated 1501 to 1876, will be typically unavailable for 8-12 weeks while preparation and scanning take place.

We sincerely apologise for any inconvenience caused, and urge readers to check the availability of materials online before visiting the Library. As a result of the project, ca 500,000 books from our collections are already available online for free via the Library's catalogue, Explore the British Library, and via the Google Books platform. Over the next two years around 100,000 more books will become available.