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Behind the scenes at the British Library

05 March 2024

Helping your research

Angel with monk.
Shelfmark: Yates Thompson MS 26 f039r

While our services are starting to recover from October’s cyber-attack, we’re continuing to highlight ways you can access our collection and expertise, and alternatives you may not be aware of.

Recent improvements

You can now order up to six collection items in our Reading Rooms, up from the previous limit of four. Our manuscripts limit remains at four as usual. You will need to come into the Reading Rooms to order items, and you can watch this film about how to access our collection at the moment:

How to use our online catalogue from British Library on Vimeo.

Online resources

Whether you’re looking for journals, researching your family tree or on the hunt for inspiration, you can find our collection and useful resources across multiple websites, including:

You can find more recommended resources on our website, and we’re adding more all the time.

Alternate ways to access our collection

Our curators have compiled suggestions for alternative ways to work while some of our collection is unavailable. Find out how to access:

Ask us for help

Our Reference team are here to help, whether you have a Reader Pass or not. If you need advice navigating our collection at the moment or aren’t sure how to get started, email [email protected] and we’ll get back to you as soon as we can.