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British Library

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National library and legal deposit library. At Euston Road, London, and Boston Spa, Yorkshire. Formerly part of British Museum.

Structured data

Instance of: GLAM
Official website:
Wikidata ID: Q23308
ARCHON code: 58
Main subject:


British Library, Western ManuscriptsCollections of western manuscripts.

Any other information

Often abbreviated to BL but this is not used here as it can easily be confused with the Bodleian Library.

All bags searched on entry to London building. There are often long queues at opening time.

On Mondays, the London building opens at 9.30am but reading rooms don't open until 10.00am.

The library was formerly known as the British Museum Reading Room. Older secondary works may reference manuscripts with the prefix BM instead of BL.