The British Library is fully reopened
THE BRITISH Library's reading rooms have now fully re-opened. You no longer need to book a session in advance: you can just turn up. Once you're in a reading room you can now stay until closing time.
The system for ordering books from your table in the reading room and getting them delivered to the enquiries desk within 70 minutes, using the British Library website, has resumed. You can still also order books online remotely from anywhere during the library's opening hours.
For rare books and "low use" items, however, you'll still need to wait at least two days for delivery to the St Pancras site from the depot in Boston Spa, West Yorkshire. You'd be surprised how many very mainstream titles are now considered "low use".
There are still some social-distancing one-way systems in place: you may encounter some unfamiliar entrances. There may also be fewer seats available in the reading rooms than pre-pandemic.
NUJ members can get a Reader's Pass, valid for three years, on production of your NUJ Press Card and recent proof of address - a utility bill or bank statement. You will now need to book an appointment at the St Pancras site to do this - you can no longer just walk in and get a reader's card.