National Libraries

British Library (London)

Full details about admission requirements for the British Library reading rooms at St Pancras and an application form are available on their website. Please note that undergraduates and taught postgraduates can only consult material in the British Library if it is not available elsewhere.

National Library of Wales, Aberystwyth

Access to the collections of the National Library of Wales in Aberystwyth is by Readers Ticket. You can register online to start the process of becoming a reader before your visit.


Take the completed application and two passport photos with you when you visit the National Library, and present it to the reception counter on the main floor. You must also provide two proofs of identity, one of them showing your current address. The National library will not issue reader tickets without adequate proof of identity being given.

Your readers ticket will be made available as soon as possible and you will be able to use the Reading Rooms immediately. Further information and the catalogue of the National Library of Wales are available at the National Library of Wales website.