National Network

The British Library Business & IP Centre National Network provides entrepreneurs and SMEs across the UK with free access to databases, market research, journals, directories and reports worth thousands of pounds. There is a programme of free and low-cost events and workshops on a range of topics including business planning, marketing and intellectual property. Our friendly staff and business experts are here to help you start and grow your business. Visit us soon and make your business a success. 

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  • Ask an Expert
  • Business & IP information clinics
  • Research service
  • Innovating for Growth
  • Inspiring Entrepreneurs


The British Library
96 Euston Road

+44 (0)20 7412 7901

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  • Enterprise Club
  • Legal Advice Clinic
  • IP consultations


Library of Birmingham
Centenary Square
Broad Street

+44 (0)121 242 4242

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  • IP one-to-ones with CIPA registered patent and trade mark attorneys
  • Enterprise Club
  • Inventors group


Leeds Central Library
Municipal Buildings
Calverly Street

+44 (0)113 247 6016

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  • Patents Clinic
  • Specialist partner workshops


Liverpool Central Library
William Brown St

+44 (0)151 233 5835

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  • Patent Clinic
  • Business Innovation Advisor
  • Ask About Business service in partnership with 11 local authorities


Manchester Central Library
St Peter's Square
City Centre

+44 (0)161 234 1966

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  • Intellectual Property Surgery
  • Innovator in Residence
  • Chartered Accountant in Residence


Newcastle City Library
Charles Avison Building
33 New Bridge Street West
Newcastle upon Tyne

+44 (0)191 277 4100

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  • Patent Clinics
  • Sheffield Inventors Group
  • Innovator in Residence


Sheffield Central Library
Surrey Street

+44 (0)114 273 4736

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  • Intellectual property workshops
  • FabLab Exeter digital fabrication workshop equipped with 3D printers, CNC router, laser cutter, 3D scanner and software


Exeter Library
Castle Street

+44 (0) 1392 384218

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  • Self-employment advice workshops
  • Intellectual property one-to-one advice sessions
  • Low cost incubation space at Wellingborough Library ‘Hatchery’


Northamptonshire Central Library
Abington Street

+44 (0) 1604 361447

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Business resources

Free industry and IP guides
Up-to-date quality information on intellectual property and researching key industries, handpicked by our experts.

Innovating for Growth: Scale - ups
Apply for over £10,000 worth of business advice today

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

Our research service
Pay our experts to do research for 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

Workshops and events
We offer a wide range of free or low cost business workshops and events at the British Library, St Pancras

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