How to use the Library
It’s all yours. Get a free British Library Reader Pass to use study space and access over 170 million items.
Want to research your family history, read a newspaper from the 1940s, or explore ancient manuscripts? Your free Reader Pass will give you access to thousands of items online and over 170 million collection items in our Reading Rooms – all from comfy seats, with free Wi-Fi, and staff to help you find what you need.
In London or Yorkshire
Get your Reader Pass
Your Reader Pass is a library card that gives you free access to our collections and Reading Rooms in London and Yorkshire.
Order items from our catalogue of over 170 million items and they'll be waiting for you in our Reading Rooms.
Visit our Reading Rooms
We have 11 Reading Rooms in London and one in Yorkshire, where you can order and see our collection items, or just come to study.
From wherever you are
Use online resources with your Reader Pass
From databases to digital archives, your Reader Pass gives you access to millions of items that can be accessed from anywhere.
Explore our online collections
No Reader Pass? No problem. Explore our website or search what's available online to access content from wherever you are.
Ask a librarian
There are no silly questions here. Our team can help you get started, order items, and find the perfect source for your research.
Our study spaces
If you want to access our collection or you're looking for somewhere quiet to study, our Reading Rooms are the place to be. All you need is a free Reader Pass.
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