In 2020, the British Library will be a leading hub in the global information network, advancing knowledge through our collections, expertise and partnerships, for the benefit of the economy and society and the enrichment of cultural life.
The Library’s vision for 2020 was launched following twelve months of research and consultation. Against a backdrop of technological change, it highlights key trends and opportunities and identifies how the Library can increase access to the world’s knowledge base for its users.
Publication of the strategy followed clarification of Government funding for 2011–15 in the Comprehensive Spending Review. In a severely constrained financial context, Growing Knowledge focuses on five strategic priorities based on the themes of the 2020 Vision. These are to guarantee access for future generations; enable access to everyone who wants to do research; support research communities in key areas for social and economic benefit; enrich the cultural life of the nation; and lead and collaborate to grow the world’s knowledge base.