Strike!

Members of the Public and Commercial Services Union have voted for a one-day strike at the British Library’s buildings at St Pancras and Colindale on Thursday 16th of May and at the Boston Spa site on Friday 17th of May. The strike is over changes to pay, pensions and working conditions in the public sector. Alert – Planned Industrial Action – Thursday 16 May and Friday 17 May 2013 Members of the Public & Commercial Services Union (PCS) have voted for a one day strike at the British Library’s buildings at St Pancras and Colindale on Thursday 16 May 2013 and at our Boston Spa site on Friday 17 May 2013. The strike is over changes to pay, pensions and working conditions in the public sector.
St Pancras Reading Rooms
We plan to open our St Pancras building as usual for visitors to its public areas and exhibition galleries on Thursday 16 May 2013, but there is likely to be significant disruption to our Reading Room services with the potential of late opening and some rooms likely to remain closed.Although every effort will be made to maintain opening hours of available rooms until 20.00, there is a possibility of early closure at 17.00.Further, we may only be able to facilitate a maximum of five requests per person in Reading Rooms that are open on 16 May 2013, and no transfers will be possible between Reading Rooms in St Pancras. There may also be delays in the delivery of collection items held off-site.

Industrial action at our site in Boston Spa (Yorkshire) on Friday 17 May 2013 might result in delays in the delivery of some collection items to St Pancras Reading Rooms on Monday 20 May 2013.

Newspaper Library
We plan to open the Newspaper Library at Colindale on Thursday 16 May 2013 but there may be disruption to our services. The Boston Spa Reading Room will be open as usual on 16 May 2013.

Boston Spa Reading Room
We also plan to open the Boston Spa Reading Room on Friday 17 May 2013 but there may be disruption to our services due to the strike. The St Pancras Reading Rooms and Newspaper Library at Colindale will be open as usual on Friday 17 May 2013.

We urge all Readers to check any changes to the Library’s opening hours and available services. We will keep you updated on our website – please see the home page at www.bl.uk.

Thank you for your understanding.

 


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