Visitor Guidelines

Help us to make your visit enjoyable and protect our collections for the future.

To safeguard our collections and ensure we comply with legal requirements, please follow ourĀ Library and Archives Conditions of Use PDF (244 KB)

Our conservation team plays a vital role in maintaining the condition of our collections to ensure they can be enjoyed by future generations. To assist them please follow the guidance in these videos:

Using books

Why gloves are a bad idea

Boxed items

Folded items

Items with tags, maps, bound letters


All videos were produced by the Preservation Department of the British Library and appear here with their kind permission.

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