Anyone over 16 years of age who wishes to use NLI collections may apply for a readers’ ticket. A reader’s ticket is valid for three years and gives readers access to all our collections. You must bring your ticket with you when using the reading rooms, as original material will not be issued to you without it.
A reader’s ticket is not required to access newspapers or other items on microfilm.
Please note that the NLI is not a lending library. You must consult our material in the reading rooms.
What you should bring
All applicants must produce a form of photographic identification. Acceptable forms of identification include a passport, driver’s licence, student card, social security card, travel pass and employment ID.
Applying for a reader’s ticket and using the Reading Rooms
You can apply for your ticket in our Main Reading Room. It only takes a few minutes to process an application and issue a ticket. You will need to complete an online registration form. We will then check your form of identification, take your photograph and provide you with a reader’s ticket. Last reader's tickets are issued 15 minutes before closing time.
Use of our Reading Rooms is at all times conditional on observing the Rules for Readers.
Renewing your reader’s ticket
You can renew your ticket in our Main Reading Room. Please bring your most recent reader’s ticket with you. If the expiry date is greater than 12 months, you will also need to produce a form of photographic identification.
If you lose your reader’s ticket, you will need to apply for a new ticket in the Main Reading Room. Please bring a form of identification with you.