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FAQ – The Re-use of Public Sector Information Regulations 2015

1. What are The Re-use of Public Sector Information Regulations (PSI)?
PSI means The Re-use of Public Sector Information Regulations 2015 (the “Regulations”).  The intent of PSI is to establish a minimum set of rules which govern the reuse of material held by public bodies to third parties.  You can find more information about PSI on The National Archives’ website here


2. What does PSI mean for an organisation?
PSI establishes a minimum set of rules which govern the reuse of material held by public bodies.  Third parties can expect fair, transparent and non-discriminatory access to information falling within the British Library’s public task.


3. What is the British Library’s Public Task and what does it mean?
Public task information are the documents produced, held, collected, provided or disseminated in order to fulfil the British Library’s core role.  Under PSI, a public body must define what their public task is; a copy of the British Library’s Public Task can be read in full here.  Information not produced or used to fulfil the British Library’s public task is not subject to PSI.


4. What British Library material is available for re-use?
You can access material by contacting the following departments using the links below:

– For publishers interested in commercial licensing please contact Ben White
Brand licensing
Document delivery
Images Online (picture library)
Imaging Services
Metadata services
Permissions
Publishing
– We also have over 56 million records of material within our catalogues which may be available – for full details, please visit the British Library’s main catalogue
– For any other requests please contact FOI-Enquiries@bl.uk


5. Where can I find the British Library’s standard Licence terms and exclusive contracts?
The British Library’s exclusive contracts will be coming soon.


6. Where can I find details of any charges for the re-use of information?
Where applicable, the British Library publishes all of its pricing lists on our website. Please follow the links above to our commercial services.


7. How can I make a request for the re-use of information?
Please see our list of commercial services as listed above and follow the relevant link; alternatively please contact FOI-Enquiries@bl.uk.

 

8. Are there any circumstances in which I will not be allowed to reuse the British Library's information?
Please note that some documents are not available for re-use – details of which can be found here.


9. What if I am unhappy with the British Library’s decision for re-use?
Please contact FOI-Enquiries@bl.uk describing the nature and reason for your complaint.


 
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