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Overview of the year’s main achievements

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Other notable developments

  • A Memorandum of Understanding with the BBC was signed to develop new ways of integrating access to nearly a million hours of BBC TV and radio content and more than 150 million British Library items. The outcome will significantly increase access to research material across both national institutions for the benefit of researchers and the wider public.
  • The Magna Carta, on display in the Treasures Gallery, was awarded ‘Memory of the World’ status by the UN Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organisation (UNESCO), in recognition of its outstanding universal value.
  • Dame Lynne Brindley with Deputy Prime Minister of IraqDr Barham Saleh was welcomed to the Library when he visited London as Deputy Prime Minister of Iraq in April 2009. He was presented with the first tranche of digital records from the Library’s historic India Office collections, which had been identified in close consultation with the Director of the Iraq National Library and Archives. More than 50,000 records are being provided.
  • The Library played a pivotal role in the UK Research Reserve programme (, a national shared service. It securely stores and preserves the Research Reserve collection on behalf of 29 higher education institutions and makes the journals accessible to researchers via its Document Supply Centre in Boston Spa. Through the UKRR, the Library is protecting the research information infrastructure and releasing 100 kilometres of shelf space in Higher Education libraries.
  • A new partnership with the Arts and Humanities Research Council (AHRC) was formed to encourage the growth of South Asian studies. A framework agreement made it possible to identify joint research priorities in India and the UK and work collaboratively on support projects. The agreement will build stronger bonds between research and Higher Education institutions in both countries.

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