A chance for new PhD students to book onto one of the British Library’s Doctoral Open Days and to discover the British Library’s unique research materials. From newspapers to maps, datasets to manuscripts, ships’ logs to websites, our collections cover every format and language and span the last 3,000 years. At these free events you will learn about our collections, find out how to access them, and meet the BL’s expert staff and other researchers in your field. The events are aimed at first year PhD students who are new to the Library.
To make the most of your day, you may wish to get a free Reader Pass before the event.
- 2 November English & Drama – 19th to 21st Century
- 16 November Music
- 23 November English & Drama – Pre-1800
- 18 January History
- 25 January History 2
- 1 February Social Sciences
- 11 February Social Sciences 2
- 18 February Media, Cultural Studies & Journalism
- 22 February Art & Design
The main focus of these events is towards the arts, humanities and social sciences, however, science students can of course apply for a free Reader Pass – useful if you’re already planning a research trip to London.
If you’re visiting one of the London university or museum libraries you can use the Inform25 Catalogue to search their Library Catalogues in advance. Make sure you join the Sconul Access Scheme at Bournemouth University Library first to ensure you can gain access to those libraries and potentially borrow books.