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Information regarding the Cyber Attack

On October 2023, the British Library experienced a major technology outage as a result of a cyber-attack.

The outage has affected their website, online systems and services, as well as some onsite services, however their buildings are still open as usual.

The British Library has created a searchable online version of their main catalogue, which contains the majority of their printed collections, but not everything is included. It is a snapshot as of April 2023, and will not be updated with any new records for the time being. 
Catalogue data included: Catalogue data not included:
  • Printed books
  • Audio content
  • Printed journals
  • Video content
  • Rare books
  • Manuscripts
  • Printed maps
  • Archives
  • Printed music scores
  • Visual arts content
  • Some newspapers
  • Journal articles
  • Freely available online content
  • Databases and other e-resources
  • Links to most online content