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British Library

The British Library is the national library of the United Kingdom and we are here for everyone.

Our shelves hold over 170 million items – a living collection that gets bigger every day.

  • Public
  • Appointment
  • Lending
  • Members only
  • Accepts donations

About the British Library

Although our roots extend back centuries, we aim to collect everything published in the UK today, tomorrow and far into the future. Our trusted experts care for this collection and open it up for everyone to spark new discoveries, ideas and to help people do incredible things.

We have welcomed researchers to our Boston Spa site for decades, with access to everything from newspapers to sound recordings, patents, prints and drawings, maps and manuscripts. Please click here for information on how to register for a Reader’s Pass.

Today we’re working with local people and partners to open up our collections through new events and learning activities in Leeds following the announcement of funding to establish a major new public space in Leeds, where our inspiring programme will interpret our collection and bring its stories to the public.

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