National library and legal deposit library. At Euston Road, London, and Boston Spa, Yorkshire. Formerly part of British Museum.
|British Library, Western Manuscripts||Collections of western manuscripts.|
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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.
If you're planning to look at manuscripts, you'll need to know about access conditions for select manuscripts.
The library was formerly known as the British Museum Reading Room. Older secondary works may reference manuscripts with the prefix BM instead of BL.