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Freedom of Information Publication Scheme

This page brings together publications relating to the structure of the Library, its organisation, and what we do.

  1. Who we are and what we do
  2. What we spend and how we spend it
  3. What are our priorities and how are we doing
  4. How we make decisions
  5. Our policies and procedures
  6. Lists and registers
  7. The services we offer

One of the aims of the Act is that all public authorities should be clear and proactive about the information they make available. Section 19 of the Act requires the preparation of a Publication Scheme which sets out:

  • The classes of information the Library publishes or intends to publish
  • The manner in which they will be published
  • Whether the information is available free of charge, or upon payment of a fee

The aim of the Publication Scheme is to explain what information the Library makes available to the public as a matter of course, how and when it will do so, and whether or not this information is made available free of charge. The Scheme will be periodically reviewed, amended and updated to include further published information.

Overall responsibility for this Scheme is taken by the Executive Team, which oversees all aspects of Freedom of Information implementation in the British Library. The Executive Team has delegated day-to-day responsibility for the operation of the Scheme to the Head of the Corporate Information Management Unit.

A single print-out from the website page(s) will be available by post by contacting; if a charge applies you will be informed. Requests for multiple printouts or for archived copies of documents which are no longer available on the web, may attract a charge for the cost of retrieval, photocopying, postage etc. You will be informed of this at the time of your request. The charge will be payable in advance.

Materials within the British Library Publication Scheme which carry a charge or for which a fee will be levied have been clearly identified within each class.


Copyright and the Publication Scheme

Information available through the scheme is protected by copyright of The British Library Board unless otherwise indicated. The information contained in such copyright protected material may be used but not copied, distributed or published in any format or medium. The information must be reproduced accurately and not used in a misleading context. If you use any of the information available through the scheme, or distribute it to others or republish it, you must identify the source of the material and acknowledge its copyright status.

Brief extracts or copies of copyright material included in the schemes may normally be published or reproduced under the fair dealing provisions of the Copyright, Designs and Patents Act 1988 (sections 29 and 30) for non-commercial research purposes, private study, criticism, review or current news reporting, so long as the publication or reproduction is accompanied by a sufficient acknowledgement identifying the work and the author. Fair dealing for the purposes of current news reporting does not apply to photographs. Any uses not covered by fair dealing will normally require permission from The British Library Board or other copyright owners concerned.

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