British Library (London)

Last updated 24th March 2009 
Name of library  British Library (London)
Address 96 Euston Road, London NW1 2DB; Newspaper library, Colindale Avenue, London NW9 5HE
Telephone 020 7412 7677 (reader admissions) 
Fax 020 7412 7794 (reader admissions) 
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Purpose & main user community of the library  UK national library
Terms of access  Valid reader pass required. Full information on the website (select: Services> Reading Rooms)
Opening hours  Humanities 1 & 2, Rare Books and Music; Science; Patents; Social Science and Business M 10.00-20.00; Tu-Th 09.30-20.00; F-Sa 09.30-17.00. Oriental and India Office Collections: Manuscripts; Maps M 10.00-17.00; Tu-Sa 09.30-17.00. Newspaper library M-Sa 10.00-16.45
Disabled access  The library aims to make its buildings and services accessible to all
Lending to other libraries & visitors  The London collections are not available for lending
Number of volumes  200 million separate items (all BL)
Periodicals - Back Issues  260,000
Current Periodicals  
Other materials  Printed books, journals and ephemera; mss and personal papers; maps; newspapers; drawings; photographs; music scores; patents; sound recordings; microforms and postage
Volumes added per year  Around 3 million new items
Coverage  Most published material on theological topics, especially in English but also in many other languages. Strong collections of mss and early printed religious texts, including Bibles, liturgies and sermons.
Special Collections  Clement BOASE collection: 300+ volumes of articles, tracts relating to the Catholic Apostolic Church; Joseph G. DUFTY collection: works relating to Swedenborgism; Michael Augustus. GATHERCOLE collection: pamphlets and sermons (1820-1840); Moritz GROLIG collection: 18 volumes (1596-1904) relating to the Jesuits; James HILTON collection: C17-18 congratulatory verses to priests and women taking vows; John JULIAN collection: hymnals (1794-1917) and related press cuttings; Frederic JUSTEN collection: press cuttings about. Pope Pius IX; John Wickham LEGG collection: liturgical books; John Daniel LEADER collection: C19 hymnal broadsheets, largely relating to Sheffield; Sampson LETSOME collection: C17-18 sermons; Cardibal MANNING collection: books, mostly C16-17 from his private library; J.B. Leon MARET collection: 16 vols of C18-19 Italian pastoral letters; ST. GEORGE'S LUTHERAN CHURCH LIBRARY: 600 vols. Mostly C18-19 German works on theology; Isaac TAYLOR collection: books by the independent minister (1759-1829) from Ongar, Essex; Edmund WATERTON collection: 1,000 editions of 'De Imitatione Christi'. Further details about all the above collections are given on the website at (select: Collections>Early Printed> Collections>Named Collections of Early Printed Materials)
Manuscripts  Wide range of materials, including Bibles, Patristic texts, sermons and liturgical mss
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Catalogue Type  Computer and published
URL of catalogue (select: Catalogues)
Other facilities  Copying services (photocopying, scanning, photography); access to electronic resources (including CD-ROMs and subscription databases and full-text services); general internet access; equipment to assist readers with disabilities
Full Time Staff  2,500
Part Time Staff  
Voluntary Staff  
Changes in next five years affecting the above  
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