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Can’t find what you’re looking for?  If you're in the Centre or Reading Room ask a member of staff for advice.  We're here to help!  

You can also email us: or telephone: +44 (0)20 7412 7454.

Online resources

Frequently asked questions: Read some of our regular queries

Industry guides: Lists of sources pulled together by British Library experts covering 25 key industries from food to fashion.

'Essentials - what you need to know to run a business and where to find it' [pdf 154KB]: An invaluable list compiled by the British Library of websites, publications and databases.

Inventing guide: what you need to know to protect and commercialise your ideas [pdf 154KB]
Takes you through the process of inventing, from the moment of inspiration to developing a product.

How to find market research [pdf 295KB] Shows you how to access market research information in printed form and online at the British Library.

Guide to Fashion Resources at the British Library - PDF format 1.72 MB

Find out what fashion resources are available at the British Library 

Training and advice sessions

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Workshops: Attend a training session to help you get the most out of our collections.

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Research service: If you're short of time, you can hire our team of experts to do your research for you.  They have experience in a wide range of areas, including patent searching and market research.

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Business & IP Centre
The British Library
96 Euston Road
London NW1 2DB
Tel: +44 (0)20 7412 7901
Email: Reference Team

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