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The British Library and the Department for Culture, Media and Sport

An overview of our funding agreement with the Department for Culture, Media and Sport.

The British Library was established by Parliament with the British Library Act, 1972 (see the related links for more details). A three-year funding agreement with the Department for Culture, Media and Sport, the Library's main source of income, sets out the agreed outputs and levels of performance that the Library is expected to deliver to achieve Government objectives.

The British Library Board was established to manage the Library as a national centre for reference, study, and bibliographic and other information services, in relation both to scientific and technological matters and to the humanities. It has ultimate responsibility for strategy, and for the development of Library policy and overseeing its execution. The Board members meet nine times a year. Board committees have been established to undertake certain delegated functions.

The British Library Executive Team has executive responsibility for management of the Library. Its members are the Library's Chief Executive and the senior Directors.

To help the Library meet its users' needs and fulfill its statutory functions, the British Library Advisory Council advises on major areas of policy and strategy.

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