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Ongoing disruption of the Library’s UK Electronic Legal Deposit

Please be advised there is an ongoing temporary disruption of the Library’s UK electronic legal deposit service, due to a technical issue. Content including e-books, e-journals and the web archive are likely to be unavailable for a period of time. The Legal Deposit Libraries are working hard to resolve the situation as soon as possible.

Our electronic Legal Deposit collection is a shared endeavour with the other UK Legal Deposit Libraries. Our access to this content is via the British Library. Unfortunately, they are experiencing a major technology outage following a cyber-attack. The outage is affecting their website, online systems and services, and includes electronic Legal Deposit. They anticipate restoring many services in the next few weeks, but some disruption may persist for longer. Please see their blog  https://blogs.bl.uk/living-knowledge/2023/11/cyber-incident.html

British Library cyber-attack:

A cyber-attack on the British Library (BL) means that our “electronic Legal Deposit (UK)” items, which are normally available on our reading room PCs and borrowable Library laptops, are currently unavailable. Additionally, UK theses normally accessed through the EThOS system cannot be viewed.

The outage is affecting the BL website, online systems and services, and includes electronic Legal Deposit. They anticipate restoring many services in the next few weeks, but some disruption may persist for longer.

BL updates and contacts

Regularly check the British Library blog and their X feed @britishlibrary for updates on the current status of their services. You can contact the BL via X or emailing customer@bl.uk (be prepared for delay to responses).

Finding alternative copies of books and articles

Our readers can obviously double-check Stella Search for alternative copies, but may also want to consider HathiTrust or Archive.org for older and out-of-copyright material.

If you are looking for a book and no print or other e-book version is available, contact your Subject Librarian for assistance with sourcing alternative content options; we may be able to purchase an e-book copy, for example, or show you how to request an Inter-Library Loan.

If you are looking for a specific article and we don’t seem to have the journal via a subscription, again, contact your Subject Librarian for help.

Although the British Library catalogue is not available, you can still check for British Library published material in Library Hub Discover. This resource is a database of 204 UK and Irish academic, national & specialist library catalogues. If you want to easily find a copy in another library in the UK or Ireland, then make friends with Library Hub Discover.

Do you have a BL login? Consider resetting your password on other accounts

The BL says: ‘As our systems remain unavailable, you won’t be able to change the password you have used to access British Library services. However, if you use the same password to login to other, non-British Library services we recommend that you change it.’

Many thanks to our colleagues at the Bodleian Library who originally created much of the above guidance. This is also included in the our https://libguides.tcd.ie/bl-cyber-attack.

We will keep  readers updated during this process. If you require urgent access to a title available on UK eLD only, please contact library@tcd.ie for assistance.