The British Library, 96 Euston Road, NW1 2DB

Tel: +44 (0) 20 7412 7901

Opening times

For enquiries about our business resources and collection email our Reference team.

We support small business owners, entrepreneurs and inventors like you. Our team are on hand all day, six days a week, to help you take the right steps to start up, protect and grow your business.

Develop your ideas with our market research and company databases,  learn new skills at a workshop or mini-masterclass, have a confidential one-to-one and put your questions to some of the UK’s most successful entrepreneurs at our inspiring talks. 

If you’re an ambitious business owner, with plans to scale-up, we also offer £10,000 worth of free support through our Innovating for Growth programme. What’s more we have ten National Network Centres around the UK - so visit us today and increase your chances of business success.

Upcoming workshops & events


Mini-masterclass: Social media for new business

How can Twitter, Facebook, LinkedIn, YouTube and blogging actually help your business succeed?


Mini-Masterclass: The British Library for business

Find out how to use our collection to help your business succeed


Soul Trader: your life, your business

Build a fulfilling, purposeful and rewarding business that you and your customers will love

One to one advice

Getting that new product to market

One-to-one advice meetings to help you take the next big step and secure your place on the high street.

All business events

Resources to help start, run and grow your business

Starting your business

Practical advice to help get your business off the ground, from business plans to market research.

Protecting your ideas

Make sure you understand the basics of intellectual property and how to protect your product, website and brand.

Growing your business

Want to go international or expand your product range? Get top tips for taking your business to the next level.

Databases and publications

Over £5m worth of current market reports from top publishers Mintel, Frost & Sullivan, Passport and more.

Free industry and IP guides

Up-to-date quality information on intellectual property and for researching key industries, handpicked by our experts.

Our research service

Pay our experts to do research for you.

Ask an expert

For established businesses, get extra help from our IT, marketing and invention experts.


Read our articles for top tips and advice on starting and growing your business and protecting your intellectual property

National Network

Find a Business & IP Centre near you.

Information clinics

Our staff provide free hour-long advice sessions to talk through your ideas in confidence, helping you to develop your business ideas and business plan

Blog posts

A Global Entrepreneurship Week thank-you. You made our week!

Thursday, November 24, 2016

We look back on the British Library’s Global Entrepreneurship Week 2016 campaign, kindly supported by Microsoft.

Co-working spaces - the ideal place to do business

Monday, November 21, 2016

Co-working has grown as a flexible and collaborative working space and environment for start-ups, freelancers and even large businesses. Find out more.

Introducing the European exchange programme for new entrepreneurs

Monday, November 21, 2016

Now we helping entrepreneurs benefit from the experience of people working in European countries through the Erasmus for Young Entrepreneur Programme. This organises exchanges between new and aspiring entrepreneurs (of any age) and experienced host businesses.

First Aid for Life – growing a business, and taking it to the next level with Innovating for Growth

Thursday, November 10, 2016

Explore the journey First Aid for Life’s Emma Hammett took through the Innovating for Growth business growth programme

More blog posts

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