Refurbishment work on the British Library Newsroom is progressing well and the new facility will open on Monday 7 April. Readers will once again have access to microfilm and digital newspaper collections as well as broadcast, multimedia and archived websites.
Periodical collections formerly held at Colindale are already available to order again, following an embargo that ran from June last year to 17 February. The majority of periodicals, amounting to some 24,000 titles, have been moved to Boston Spa and are available to order into any St Pancras Reading Room within 48 hours. A small number of high-use periodicals have been moved to St Pancras and will be available to order into any St Pancras Reading Room within 70 minutes.
Readers can choose to order these journals online in advance of their visit using Explore the British Library which has improved information about the titles and volumes held by the Library. Readers can also track the progress of their requests via My Reading Room Requests. Records for microfilm and print newspapers that are currently being moved are also visible. Although these items remain unavailable for the time being, the records will link to digital versions where these are available and will help Readers to plan future research.
Print newspapers will become available again in autumn 2014, where there are no microfilm or digital alternatives available in our collection.
For full details, please see the March Collection Moves Bulletin. (PDF)
Get answers to frequently asked questions about changes to access to newspapers. (PDF)
Find out how to upgrade your Newspaper Reader Pass to a full British Library Reader Pass. (PDF)
Find out what you should do if you still have credit on your Colindale self-help copying account. (PDF)