I’ve read a really disturbing news story that the British Library is facing major financial cuts – there is a possibility that readers will be charged to use the St Pancreas reading rooms and the newspaper library will close altogether. This could be disastrous for large numbers of researchers in British history and literary studies (not least eighteenth century folks). Does anyone know any more about this? How bad is the situation?
The story has been covered more extensively since my first post and it could well turn out be very bad for many researchers. It should be said that the reports are talking worst-case scenarios, and we can all hope that it won’t be quite that bad. But the BL seems unlikely to come out of this unscathed.
NB: Library staff will go on strike tomorrow (Wednesday 31 January) in protest and the reading rooms will be closed.