British Library closes reading rooms but maintains online services

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The British Library in London has closed its public spaces due to the onset of Covid-19 but is keen to ensure users are aware of its online services, which continue to operate.

A statement read: 'To keep our users and all our staff safe and healthy we’ve taken the decision to close our Reading Rooms and public spaces in London and Boston Spa for the time being, and suspend our public events.

'Over the coming weeks we will continue to offer as many online services as we possibly can so that the British Library remains open to everyone, wherever you are in the world. And we will be working hard to maintain this access during these unprecedented times.

'You can continue to view and explore our online collection. There are also many stories, images and resources available for anyone whose curious mind needs to be kept busy right now.

'If you were planning to attend an upcoming event or exhibition we’ll be in touch to let you know if and when these will be rescheduled or to arrange a refund. Please bear with us while we make these arrangements.

'In the meantime we’ll keep you posted on any changes and let you know as soon as our buildings can reopen.'