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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

2. What we spend and how we spend it

From 1st October 2013 the Public Lending Right (PLR) became part of the British Library. Information about PLR can be found in the PLR Publication Scheme.

Funding agreement

Our current and previous funding agreement with the DCMS.

Financial statements, budgets and variance reports

A summary of our 2012-13 financial budget and spending.

A summary of our 2011-12 financial budget and spending.

Purchasing plans for exhibits and planned expenditure for exhibitions

Information regarding our expenditure on exhibitions can be found in the Annual Accounts.

Spending reviews

Our current and previous spending review letter from the DCMS for the period 2012-2016.

Grants and donations

Details of our grants and donations are provided in the Annual Accounts. If you'd like to make a donation to The Library, there are several ways you can do this:

Adopt a Book

Become a Patron

Become a Friend of the British Library

Leave a Legacy

Financial audit reports

Information about this can be found in our Annual Accounts.

Staff and board members' allowances and expenses

Information about expenses incurred by Board members can be found in our Annual Accounts.

Pay and grading structures

The Library's current pay scales.

Also available are the old pay scales from 2012 and 2011

Procurement and tendering procedures

Information about our procurement and tendering process can be found on our dedicated e-tendering website.

Past tender documents (as opposed to live opportunities), as well as documents relating to other types of tender (e.g. single tender, framework agreements), can be found on the Business Link website.

Contracts Awarded

Full details of all new contracts of a value over £10,000 entered into by the British Library from January 2011 can be found here, along with full details of all ICT contracts of a value over £10,000 entered into by the British Library since July 2010.

Financial Transactions

Details of all supplier payments for individual invoices exceeding £25,000 and paid after 01 April 2010 can be found here. These details will be updated monthly on or before the fifteenth working day of the following month.

Financial statements for projects and events

Information regarding our expenditure can be found in the Annual Accounts.

Internal financial regulations

Information about this can be found in our Annual Accounts.

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