How to use the British Library
Our website is the best place to begin exploring our collections. You can search our catalogue, find out more about our collections in your subject area, and keep up to date with events and news from the Library. Start exploring now.
Visiting the Library
Our main site is at St Pancras in London, but you can access our newspaper collections at Colindale in London, and we have a Reading Room at Boston Spa in Yorkshire. To use the collections you need to register for a Reader Pass, by visiting our St Pancras site. You can pre-register online, and order items before your first visit. Find out how to register.
What can you do online?
- Search our catalogue of over 57 million records
- Read online guides and bibliographies about our resources from our social sciences team
- Order items from our BL Direct service, delivered to your computer
- Explore over 300,000 theses for free, and get electronic access to many of them
- Contact our Reference Team with your queries (or email them at firstname.lastname@example.org)
What can you do on site?
- Use journals and reference materials on the shelves in our Social Sciences Reading Room
- Order and use items from across our collections
- Attend a free advice session or workshop about using the collections
- Ask for help from our friendly Reference Team
Get regular updates about the Library and find out how to make the most of our collections:
- Follow @britishlibrary and @blsocsci on Twitter
- Find us on Facebook
- Watch our videos on YouTube
- Sign up for our Higher Education newsletter
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