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Tuesday, July 24, 2012

Intending to research at the BL during the Olympics?

You will need to read the information carefully.

IF you manage to get there through the transport chaos, you will find restrictions.

There will probably be more bag searches

On the plus side, WIFI access for research purposes will be maintained, as streaming the Olympics will be blocked.

British Library
July 2012
Olympics special

As London will be very busy during the Olympic and Paralympic period, please read this information carefully if you're thinking about visiting the Library. We have made some changes to our services and we also have some special events taking place.

Visit our Olympics page

What's in this issue:

Visiting the Library during the Olympics
With many extra visitors in London for the Olympics, delays to public transport are to be expected between 26 July and 12 August 2012. The St Pancras building will be open from 10.00 on Monday – Saturday and 11.00 on Sunday during this period.
Please do check our website and Twitter feed before travelling.

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Bag searching
WiFi access during the Olympic Games
It may be necessary to introduce bag searching for all visitors during the Olympic period, if we are advised to do so by the Metropolitan Police. This will result in it taking longer for visitors to enter the building.
Find out more about accessing the building

During the Olympic and Paralympic Games we will be restricting access, via our WiFi service, to websites streaming the Games. This should ensure that the WiFi Service remains viable for Readers in our Reading Rooms who are undertaking research.

Find out more

What's on during the Games?
Useful information for visitors
To celebrate the Games we are running an exciting programme including:
Writing Britain: Wastelands to Wonderlands (part of the London 2012 Festival): a collection of 150 great English literature treasures, from Harry Potter to Our Mutual Friend.

Olympex 2012
: a free exhibition exploring the history, symbolism and iconography of the Olympic Movement through 2,500 stamps and Olympic memorabilia.

Tours of the building
Mon - Sat at 10.30/15.00, Sun at 11.30/15.00 throughout August, £8/£6.50
We will be running daily tours of the Library's St Pancras building. Discover the inspiration behind its design and the constant work taken to manage our ever-expanding range of collections

Olympic voices
Visit our Sounds website to listen to a host of newly-released oral history interviews with British sporting legends,  including Sebastian Coe, Tanni Grey-Thompson and Daley Thompson.

Olympic Torch Relay
– travel delays likely on Thursday 26 July
The Olympic Torch Relay is due to pass through St Pancras station around 07.35 on Thursday 26 July where it will then be the focal point of an event in the station until 09.45. Travel delays may occur.

Emergency Procedures
We have updated our emergency procedures. Please read our guidelines to remind yourself of what to do in an emergency.

General security in the St Pancras area
The Metropolitan Police have told us to expect an increase in petty crime with pick pockets and criminal gangs operating in the St Pancras area. Please take care of your personal belongings and report anything suspicious to one of the British Library’s uniformed security officers.

Personal preparedness during the Olympic Games
Because of the heightened risk of disruption during the Olympic Games it may be wise to have a personal plan in place, for example, looking into alternative means of travel in case of disruption, carrying some cash on your person.
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