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Guarantee access for future generations

Our vision for 2020

We estimate that, by 2020, 75% of all titles worldwide will be published in digital form only, or in both digital and print.

Our ambition is to preserve digital content for the long-term in order to safeguard our intellectual heritage so that it can be used by future generations of researchers.

As digital formats become the norm, our rich resource of physical content will become more precious. It is thus vital that we continue to develop our world-class stewardship skills in conservation and preservation.

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In this video: Jude England, Head of Social Science Collections and Research

To deliver our vision we will:

  • Collect, store and preserve for the long-term a step-change increase in digital material:
  • Collect UK physical and digital materials through legal deposit, in line with the 2003 Legal Deposit Libraries Act and anticipated regulations
  • Collect, store and preserve user-generated content that provides insight into 21st century life, such as personal digital archives, institutional repositories, blogs, wikis and new forms of content that may emerge
  • Collect digital content as the format of choice, actively making the print to digital transition. As well as continuing our focus on collecting books and journals, we will aim to:
  • Ensure a coherent national approach is taken to collect and preserve audio-visual content
  • Maximise the discoverability and availability of datasets
  • Continue to provide long-term stewardship of our rich print collections and our growing digital collections, ensuring their security and resilience
  • Continue the transition to collecting and connecting by establishing collaborative stewardship arrangements with other national libraries and memory institutions.

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