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The British Library Newsroom

Excerpts taken from article published in the CILIPUPDATE May 2014.

 "The British Library’s Newsroom opened last month, bringing improved access to its news collections.

The new reading room, based at St Pancras, replaces the Newspaper Library at Colindale which was closed in November last year. The move comes as the BL transfers its newspaper collection to a purpose built archive in Boston Spa, known as the Newspaper Storage Building.

As well as the new St Pancras Newsroom, the Boston Spa Reading Room has also been refurbished to bring improved facilities to users. The St Pancras Newsroom will feature a reading room as well as networking area to allow for more collaborative working. Luke McKernan, BL’s Lead Curator of News and Moving Image, said the experience would be much improved over that of the reading room in Colindale.

As part of the refurbishment, the BL worked with Covergold to provide the state of the art microfilm scanners that will help users access the library’s newspaper collection. Covergold has supplied 40 SL1000 Digital Microfilm Scanners, which are connected to a desktop PC and run SL-Touch software, which allows for touchscreen or normal use.

The Newsroom should open up the resources to more people, according to Luke, who said: ‘By bringing access to news collections completely into the St Pancras building we hope to transform awareness of them for current and future generations of users."