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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

7. The Services We Offer

Information About Our Collections and Access to Them

Details of the British Library's Collections and Catalogues can be found via the links at the top of our website homepage.

Our Collections are available on our premises to all registered Readers of the British Library.



Details of our exhibitions and events programme.


Services for Which Fees Are Charged and Details of Those Charges

A list of the priced services available from the British Library together with our Pricing Policy and Pricing FAQs.


Opportunities for Volunteers

We offer a number of opportunities for gaining work experience:

  • Work experience – these are unpaid  1 – 2 week placements for young people of school age to learn about the workplace
  • Internships: these are generally work placements of between 3 and 12 months for those who have gone on to further or higher education from school. Interns are paid unless the intern is undertaking the placement as a compulsory element as part of a course of further education in which case they are not entitled . Some work placements are externally funded.
  • Volunteers – a number of former, generally retired British Library staff with specialist skills have returned to us as Voluntary Unpaid Assistants to help with work that is not funded by Grant In Aid.

Please contact with any enquiries.


Educational Services

The Library offers a wide range of education services for teachers and learners of all ages, as well as providing world class research facilities for the Higher Education sector.


Publications, Leaflets, Booklets and Newsletters

The Library's own publications can be found in our shop. Newsletters and email alerts are available from many of our specialised departments; please see the relevant departmental or service page for details.


Advice and Guidance

Please see our Collection Care pages for advice and guidance on how to preserving your own books as well as handling collection items.


Media Releases

Our online Press Room, with contact details, press releases and RSS feed.


Publications for the Purposes of Part 6 of the Tribunals, Courts and Enforcement Act 2007

Currently none.


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