Initiate a new digitisation project with the British Library


If you would like to start a large-scale, externally funded digitisation project with the British Library, please contact us.

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If you are interested in ordering individual images or having images made of a small quantity of items from the Library’s collections please contact Imaging Services.

If you would like to discuss a larger scale digitisation project idea, please contact Reference Services in the first instance. If a British Library curator supports the idea, they will work with you to develop the proposal. Please note that you will need to have identified or seek funding support for the new digitisation initiative since almost all digitisation at the Library is externally funded.

Once funding has been identified, the curator will need to follow a formal process which takes into account conservation, imaging, metadata, copyright and licensing clearance, data protection and other requirements. Depending on the characteristics of the material, this process may take some time and you should allow for this whilst developing your idea.

For commercial organisations who would like to work with us on digitisation initiatives please contact in the first instance.

Collection guides

Datasets for content mining

Content suitable for use in text and data mining research

Datasets for image analysis

Image collections suitable for large-scale image-analysis-based research

Datasets about our collections

Bibliographic datasets relating to our published and archival holdings

UK Web Archive

Preserved web resources of scholarly and cultural importance from the UK domain

Digital mapping

Geospatial data, cartographic applications, digital aerial photography and scanned-in historic map materials

Medieval and early modern British literary manuscripts

Sources for British literature before 1600

Western illuminated manuscripts

Approximately 9,000 manuscripts with decoration or illumination

Medieval and early modern British historical manuscripts

Sources for British history before 1600