UPDATED Upcoming: CILIP YH visit to the British Library at Boston Spa, 26 August 2015

You are warmly invited to a tour of the British Library’s northern site, Boston Spa.

Date: Wed 26th August 2015

Time: 1:30pm – 3:00pm

Cost: Free to all

The Boston Spa site is the British Library’s hub for inter-library lending and document supply, stores hundreds of kilometres of items in low-oxygen, robot-operated, mind-bendingly huge warehouses, has state-of-the-art digitisation and digital imaging facilities, provides access to three centuries’ worth of UK national and regional newspapers, and is only slightly less visually appealing than its southern counterpart.

More about the Boston Spa site on the British Library blog

The storage void of the new British Library National Newspaper Building at Boston Spa in West Yorkshire. Copyright Kippa Matthews, used with permission. http://www.bl.uk/press/search?q=boston-spa&content_type=image&inViewer=imgID436B1BC4-A2C0-4FB1-B465-DD6D902A9C83

The storage void of the new British Library National Newspaper Building at Boston Spa in West Yorkshire. Copyright Kippa Matthews, used with permission.

CPD

For those doing Chartership/Certification, this visit will support the following PKSB areas:

6.3 Storage of collections

6.5 Digitisation

7.4 Legal deposit

Wider organisation and environmental context

How to get there

By car:

The Boston Spa site is roughly 30 minutes drive from Harrogate, Leeds or York; 1 hour from Bradford, Sheffield, Huddersfield or Middlesbrough; 1.5 hours from Hull or Scarborough.

Parking is free for visitors, but car registration number must be provided in advance.

Address for SatNav: The British Library, Boston Spa, Wetherby, West Yorkshire, LS23 7BQ

By bus:

Bus numbers 770 and 771 depart every 30 minutes from Harrogate and Leeds, and stop at Walton Corner, roughly 15 minutes walk from the British Library.

Timetable available on West Yorkshire Metro website.

Additional info

Transport information and site plan on British Library website.

Key locations for travel by car and bus on Google Maps.

If you are able to offer a lift, or are in need of a lift, please indicate this when registering, as we may be able to arrange a carpool.
Registering
The British Library need to have names and numbers in advance, so please use Eventbrite to book your place. Maximum capacity is 30 people. The deadline for booking is 16th August 2015.
Please email Evelyn Webster on cilipyh@gmail.com if you have any queries.
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