Disruption to services

Web maintenance at the British Library

An electrical fault is affecting some of our services at the moment.

Published date:

This means:

  • Our Social Sciences Reading Room is closed for now, but our Science Reading Rooms on floors 2 and 3 have now reopened
  • We’ve been able to restore deliveries from most of our storage areas in St Pancras to our Reading Rooms, although there are still some collection items unavailable due to ongoing electrical issues in some of our basements. Unavailable items will be marked ‘item is temporarily unavailable’ in the ordering system
  • There will be changes to events due to take place in our Knowledge Centre Theatre.

Please check our catalogue before you visit to make sure your collection item is available. Or if you’ve pre-ordered collection items please check My Reading Room Requests to make sure your collection items have arrived.

Our Customer Services team will be in touch with any bookers affected by changes to our events programme or opening hours. Please get in touch if you need help with anything you’ve planned to do here.

We’re working hard to resolve the fault as quickly as we can, and really appreciate your understanding as we navigate the next couple of weeks. Please speak to a member of our teams at the Library or contact our Customer Services team if you need any help.