The British Library Trust
The British Library Trust is an independent charitable Trust established to advance the understanding and appreciation of, and promote access to, the British Library collections.
The British Library Trust is an independent charitable Trust (Charity number: 1148608) established in August 2012 to advance the understanding and appreciation of, and promote access to, the British Library collections. The registered address for the Trust is
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The British Library
96 Euston Road
London NW1 2DB
The Trust’s areas of interest are outlined in their Articles of Association. These are specifically restricted to:
- Promoting and supporting the British Library as a national centre for reference, study and bibliographical and other information services, in relation both to scientific and technological matters and to the humanities;
- Promoting the availability of the services of the British Library, in particular to institutions of education and learning and other libraries
- Promoting and advancing the development and good stewardship of the British Library collections
- Advancing and supporting the efficient management of other libraries, library facilities and information services the support of which would be conducive or complementary to the work of the British Library.
The British Library Trustees take an active role in their grant-making, assessing suitable proposals at their bi-annual meetings. As a rule the Trustees do not consider unsolicited proposals.
The Trust does not give direct support for:
- Educational fees
There are no formal deadlines for submitting applications and organisations should allow up to three months for a final outcome.
Applications to the Trust should be emailed to the Corporate Secretariat utilising the application form (no more than two pages), with a description of the proposed project, covering:
- The organisation – explaining its charitable aims and objectives, and giving its most recent annual income and expenditure, and current financial position. Please do not send a full set of accounts.
- The project requiring funding – why it is needed, who will benefit and in what way
- How it is considered that the project will advance the objectives of the Trust, or any of them
- The funding - breakdown of costs, any money raised so far, and how the balance will be raised
Applications should be sent to the Corporate Secretariat at:
All applications will receive our standard email acknowledgement. Your proposal will be considered by the Trust, and you will hear from us within 12 weeks of the acknowledgement.