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If you are outside the Library you can contact the reference team most relevant to your research by email, letter or telephone. We will get back to you within five working days.

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The Library’s Reference Teams are collecting the most frequently asked questions, along with questions relating to some iconic collection items and items that can be difficult to track down. They are now in a searchable database hosted by OCLC who administer the ‘Ask the Reference Team’ service.

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Contacts for enquiries

Asian and African Studies enquiries
The British Library
96 Euston Road
United Kingdom

Tel: +44 (0)20 7412 7873
Fax: +44 (0)20 7412 7641

E-mail: Ask the Asian and African Studies Reference Team

Business and Intellectual Property enquiries
Tel: +44 (0)20 7412 7454
E-mail: Ask the Business & IP Reference Team

Humanities Reference Service and Sound & Vision Reference Service
Tel: +44 (0) 20 7412 7831
E-mail: Ask the Humanities Reference Team

Librarianship and Information Sciences Service (LIS)
Tel: +44 (0)20 7412 7831
E-mail: Ask the LIS Reference Team

Manuscripts and Maps Reference Team
Tel: +44 (0)20 7412 7513 / 7702
E-mail: Ask the Manuscripts & Maps Reference Team

Music Collections
Tel: +44 (0)20 7412 7772
E-mail: Ask the Music Reference Team

News Reference Service
Tel: +44 (0)20 7412 7377
E-mail: Ask the News Reference Team

Rare Books Reference Team
Tel: +44 (0)20 7412 7564
E-mail: Ask the Rare Books Reference Team

Science, Technology and Medicine (STM)
Tel: +44 (0)20 7412 7288
E-mail: Ask the STM Reference Team

Social Sciences Reference Service
Tel: +44 (0)20 7412 7894
E-mail: Ask the Social Sciences Reference Team

Sound & Vision Reference Service
Tel: +44 (0)20 7412 7831
E-mail: Ask the Sound & Vision Reference Team

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