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Build our digital infrastructure

Continue to develop the digital library system to provide storage, preservation and long-term access to digital material.


Data from our Digital Library Store is now replicated in two British Library nodes based at National Library of Wales and National Library of Scotland. The digital library system continued to grow as our main digital store, received 46,000 items through voluntary deposit, 15,000 items transferred from our Archive Sound recordings and digitised newspapers from brightsolid. At 31 March the store held over 1,200,000 items, occupying over 140 terabytes.

Additional capability has been developed to improve the discovery of the digitised content which is now providing Reading Room access to digitised out-of-copyright 19th century books, and to some digital materials received under Voluntary Deposit.


Develop and introduce more effective and efficient services for document order and delivery, in partnership with the Higher Education Funding Council for England and university libraries.


The Library has been working with Capgemini to develop a new technical and operational infrastructure that will support an improved remote document supply service to our customers with clearer and faster ordering and improved order tracking. The infrastructure will be suitable for expansion to other British Library customers, other material types and to a single document delivery solution across all sites, all collections and all services. New and improved workflow processes have already been developed and process re-engineering is well underway in preparation for customer migration and deployment during the autumn of 2011. Our new solution will support UK research by offering innovative and integrated services, delivering improved access to a wider range of information resources.

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