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Re: British Library
The Shakespeare Conference: SHK 12.1696  Thursday, 5 July 2001

[1]     From:   Karen Peterson-Kranz <
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        Date:   Tuesday, 3 Jul 2001 11:39:11 -0700 (PDT)
        Subj:   Re: SHK 12.1680 Re: British Library

[2]     From:   Arthur D L Lindley <
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        Date:   Wednesday, 4 Jul 2001 10:46:09 +0800
        Subj:   Re: SHK 12.1680 Re: British Library

[3]     From:   John Briggs <
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        Date:   Wednesday, 4 Jul 2001 08:39:05 +0100
        Subj:   RE: SHK 12.1680 Re: British Library


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From:           Karen Peterson-Kranz <
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Date:           Tuesday, 3 Jul 2001 11:39:11 -0700 (PDT)
Subject: 12.1680 Re: British Library
Comment:        Re: SHK 12.1680 Re: British Library

> Must one have a university affiliation?  England has
> a large and
> impressive group of independent scholars -- are they
> all denied use of
> the library?  Writers and journalists, too?

No, you don't need to have a university affiliation.  For most graduate
students that is the quickest and easiest way to get a reader's card,
though.  As I recall, if you're an independent scholar, you need to
explain why you want to use the British Library resources and tell them
which other major research libraries you have already used.  I think
they're really fairly flexible about this...they basically just want to
encourage, for example, secondary school students to make use of other
library facilities if the other facilities are adequate for what they
need.

Sorry if I was unclear in my original posting.  As I said, the BL has
been very helpful and very accommodating to me, and I would not want to
give the impression that they turn anyone away merely for lack of a
university affiliation.

Cheers,
Karen

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From:           Arthur D L Lindley <
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Date:           Wednesday, 4 Jul 2001 10:46:09 +0800
Subject: 12.1680 Re: British Library
Comment:        Re: SHK 12.1680 Re: British Library

> > you go to the side office where they dispense Reader's Cards.  You
> > should bring with you a letter or other documentation that indicates
> > your university affiliation;
>
> Must one have a university affiliation?  England has a large and
> impressive group of independent scholars -- are they all denied use of
> the library?  Writers and journalists, too?

No, you don't need a univ. affiliation.  They do want to know that you
need a research library, not the public library two blocks away, so give
them some evidence of a research project.  Again, most of the info you
need is on their Portico website.

Regards,
Arthur Lindley
http://personal.mail.yahoo.com/

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From:           John Briggs <
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Date:           Wednesday, 4 Jul 2001 08:39:05 +0100
Subject: 12.1680 Re: British Library
Comment:        RE: SHK 12.1680 Re: British Library

Geralyn Horton asks:

>Must one have a university affiliation?  England has a large and
>impressive group of independent scholars -- are they all denied use of
>the library?  Writers and journalists, too?

The answer is yes, in principle.  But this is where the British class
system comes into play...  You need to have the self-confidence to talk
your way past the Readers' Admissions Office.  They are mostly looking
for evidence of being registered for a higher degree or being a bona
fide scholar in some other way.  There are other loopholes, however: I
used the magic words "I am a member of the Library Association"! (This
automatically qualified me for a five-year pass.)

John Briggs

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