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Get a Reader Pass

Desks in a British Library reading room.
Desks in a British Library reading room.

Access over 170 million collection items for free with a Reader Pass. Carry out research in our Reading Rooms and access our online collections.

You can register online today

We recommend registering online to start the process of becoming a Reader. You can then set up an online account and order collection items ahead of your first visit. When you order, we will let you know how long it will take.

What then?

Come into the Library to complete your registration within three months, and view your pre-ordered collection items.

Find Reader Registration opening hours here .

Do I need to bring anything?

You will need to bring personal identification and proof of address to register as a Reader.

Your Reader Pass

Once you have completed your registration you will receive a Reader Pass, subject to the Library's Conditions of Use .

With your Reader Pass you will now be able to make full use of our collections and services.

Readers with disabilities who may need additional support should contact us on

T: +44 (0) 20 7412 7676 or Reader-Registration@scumliferp.com

We usually only issue passes to those over 18 but in some cases we can make an exception .

Lost, forgotten or need to renew your Reader Pass? No problem, find out how to replace it .