We support and stimulate research of all kinds, working with the national and international research community to generate new knowledge and resources for the benefit of UK research and the public.

We play a key role in research information infrastructure through service development and delivery. Research also underpins our cultural and learning programmes, as well as our remit to advance knowledge and understanding around the world.

How we collaborate

Doctoral research

We support postgraduate research through our Reading Rooms and online resources, through collaborative projects, and through research training events.

Projects and partnerships

We work closely with the research community to enhance our collections and generate new knowledge about them.

Research expertise

Our research, professional and methodological expertise covers all disciplines and spans traditional and digital scholarship in all its forms.

Training and events

We convene and support research events and training activities throughout the year.


As the national library of the United Kingdom, we are an integral part of the national research infrastructure and have an active approach to research and higher education policy.


British Library signs the San Francisco Declaration on Research Assessment

13 April 2017

An announcement of our support for the principles of the San Francisco Declaration on Research Assessment (DORA).

South Asia Series research talks at the British Library

10 February 2017

A great line-up of talks based on the Library's ‘Two Centuries of Indian Print’ project and the South Asia Collection

British Library experts discuss Austrian writer Stefan Zweig

15 March 2017

Collaborative PhD researcher Pardaad Chamsaz and his British Library supervisor Susan Reed discuss the life and legacy of Stefan Zweig

AHRC Doctoral Training Partnerships and the British Library

22 September 2016

Our framework for collaboration with the next phase of AHRC Doctoral Training Partnerships (DTP2)