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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

3. What are our priorities and how are we doing

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.

Strategic plans

The Library's Vision for the year 2020.

The Library's strategic plan from 2011-15.

Details of our previous strategic plan from 2008-11 and 2005-08.

Annual business plan

The Library's business plan for 2012-2013 outlines our current priorities. 

Our previous business plan from 2011-2012 is also available.

Annual report

A copy of our current and previous year's annual reports.

Internal and external reviews of our performance

"The British Library: Providing services beyond the Reading Rooms", a report by the Comptroller and Auditor General (HC 879, Session 2003-2004: 28 July 2004).

Demonstrating Value, a one-day conference held at the British Library in 2004, was organised to explore the innovative ways in which public and voluntary sector organisations can measure their value and demonstrate the benefits they deliver.

Increasing our Value is a report detailing how the Library adds value to the UK economy, setting out the case for further public investment.

Details of our performance can also be found in our Annual Report.

Funding agreement reports

Details of our funding from the DCMS can be found below for financial years 2006-07 and 2007-08:

After the close of financial year 2007-08, DCMS discontinued the requirement for the Library to report on these metrics as the relevant data is now routinely included in our annual reports.

Service standards

An overview of The The British Library's code of service

Visitor figures and audience research

Information about visitor numbers and details can be found in our Annual Report.

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