|Seats available for users at 31 March 2008 1||Reader desks||2Other provision|
|Humanities Floor 1 and 2 Reading Rooms||436||85|
|Rare Books and Music Reading Room||293||74|
|Maps Reading Room||49||20|
|Asian & African Studies Reading Room (formerly known as Oriental and India Office Reading Room)||73||52|
|Manuscripts Reading Room||72||24|
|Science Reading Rooms||128||51|
|Business and IP Centre||32||77|
|Social Sciences Reading Room||50||27|
|Boston Spa Reading Room||76||18|
1 This figure does not include temporary seats that were made available to Readers during the Easter 2008 busy period.
2 This includes seats provided at the British Library Integrated Catalogue screens, electronic database terminals, microform readers and carrels (the individual study booths in the Reading Rooms).
|Records in British Library catalogues and databases at 31 March 2008||2007/08||2006/07|
|British Library Integrated Catalogue 1, 2||12,243,857||11,857,089|
|Access to archives 2, 3||593,338||593,338|
|Asia, Pacific & Africa Collections – Japanese and Chinese 2, 4||58,923||55,414|
|Allied and Complementary Medicine (AMED)||219,959||208,372|
|British National Bibliography (BNB)||2,681,836||2,580,606|
|Sound Archive Catalogue 2||3,102,434||3,076,215|
|English Short Title Catalogue 2||473,591||469,268|
|Incunable Short Title Catalogue (ISTC) 2||29,813||29,764|
|Electronic table of contents 2, 5||32,787,442||30,264,915|
|International Standard Serial Numbers (ISSN) UK Centre||94,202||90,461|
|Register of Preservation Surrogates||215,095||213,794|
1Number of unique records. A project to remove any duplication is ongoing.
2Available from the Library’s website.
3Conversion of printed catalogues to electronic versions for inclusion on the Access to Archives website hosted by the National Archives, was completed in 2006/07 and therefore this figure has remained the same in 2007/08. A new system is currently being developed to include new catalogues online via the Library’s website.
4All other Asia, Pacific and Africa Collection material, except for Japanese and Chinese material, is included in the British Library Integrated Catalogue.
5A database listing articles and conference papers by title, derived from the top 20,000 research journals. The database is available through British Library Direct and to higher education through zetoc.mimas.ac.uk.
6The total does not represent the number of unique records. There is significant overlap between some files e.g. British National Bibliography and British Library Integrated Catalogue.
|Collection Holdings at 31 March 2008||2007/08||2006/07|
|Serial titles (all) 2||828,928||879,320|
|Newspaper titles (all) 3||-||56,335|
|Manuscripts (single and volumes)||341,949||327,560|
|India Office records 4||452,150||392,013|
|Sound tape items||243,768||242,227|
|Prints and drawings||33,041||32,779|
|Reports in microform||10,288,915||10,257,901|
1 The figure for monographs is based on the number of records in the relevant catalogues. This figure includes an estimate of items covered by card catalogues. In 2007/08 the Library’s Union Catalogue of Books card catalogue was successfully merged into the British Library Integrated Catalogue. This process allowed the elimination of a significant amount of duplicated content and accounts for the reduced reporting of monograph holdings.
2 The figure for serials titles is based on the number of records in the relevant catalogues. Changes of title are therefore counted as separate titles. This figure includes an estimate of items covered by card catalogues. A significant project has been undertaken to de-duplicate serial holdings. This rationalised database more accurately reflects the number of unique titles held.
3 Newspapers have been migrated into Aleph in 2007/08 and are now included within the serial titles total.
4 The archives of the India Office (1858–1947) and its predecessors, including the East India Company (1600–1858).
|Use of www.bl.uk||2007/08||2006/07|
|Unique hosts served 1||6,060,362||4,973,782|
|Successful requests for pages 2||69,788,291||60,938,371|
1Unique hosts served is the best approximation available to the number of individual users of the website.
2 The number of pages of all types viewed on the website. Every landing on every page is counted in this figure.
|Kilometres of shelving and percentage occupied||2007/08||2006/07|
|Working capacity: linear km 1, 2||655.0||654.5|
|Extent of collection: linear km||641.4||630.2|
|Percentage occupied 3||97.92%||96.27%|
1 Working capacity represents the linear length of the solid stock, plus the associated growth spaces without which the collection could not be used and added to effectively.
2 During 2007/08 an additional 0.5 linear kms of shelving was installed bringing the working capacity to 655 linear kms.
3 The Library’s new high-density store at Boston Spa will be completed in 2008/09 and will provide an additional 260 linear kms of storage.
|Grant in Aid||6,094||6,106|
|Donations/external funds 1||45||583|
|Conservation and/or rebinding 2||5,460||3,538|
|New binding 2||36,330||49,650|
|Minor repairs 3||7,845||2,029|
|Preservation microfilming 4||18,042||15,481|
|Preservation microfilming 5||2007/08||2006/07|
|Newspapers: frames of film||18,702,845||15,653,359|
|Books, periodicals, record volumes, manuscripts: frames of film||1,367,790||1,568,833|
1 There have been no significant external funds received for preservation in 2007/08 compared to previous years when large sums of money were received for the Codex Sinaiticus and from the Mellon Foundation.
2 Fluctuations in figures are due to the normal variations which occur annually when treating a wide range of non-standard items with a varying resource.
3 Minor repairs figures have risen due to an increase in the funding of this work in 2007/08 at Boston Spa.
4 This figure is the approximate number of volumes equivalent to the frames shown under the heading ‘preservation microfilming’.
5 One frame equates to one camera exposure. These generally represent either a single or double page of a monograph, newspaper or periodical. For most programmes, a negative, positive and duplicate are taken of each page. Consequently the number of frames shown does not represent the number of pages for which surrogate copies have been made.
|Maps and atlases||2,562||2,078|
|Serial titles received||36,925||38,384|
|Claims for items not automatically deposited||259,867||240,810|