Use of cameras in the British Library reading room

On Friday 21 March a member of staff working in the British Library’s reading room requested via the Reference Services twitter account that a reader remove a photo taken on their mobile phone of the reading room which had been posted online, on the grounds that it did not comply with copyright regulations. The photo itself was not in breach of copyright regulations, and the British Library apologises for this inaccurate information.

Under the terms of the British Library’s reading room regulations, mobile phone cameras, and any other camera device, may not be used within the Reading Rooms at any time, for reasons of privacy and for the consideration of other readers working in the space. You can read the full terms and conditions of use of the British Library’s reading rooms on our website for more information here.

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