Costly reading

2019-02-27 06:17:03

THE British Library may soon charge its readers an annual fee. The library admits that, following November’s poor budget settlement, it is re-examining the issue of charges. But it refuses to confirm reports that readers may have to pay as much as £100 a year. If fees are introduced, researchers using the library’s science reading rooms may find that they have to pay twice. After paying their annual fee, they may have to pay again to read articles in certain periodicals. Last month the library decided to buy only one copy of many popular foreign journals and to keep them in Boston Spa, Yorkshire,