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.


New Sociology Fellowship at the British Library

21 February 2017

The British Sociological Association (BSA) and the British Library are launching a new 12-month Postdoctoral Fellowship for Sociology to begin in 2017.

New collaborative PhD opportunity at the British Library: ESRC studentship on Continuity and Change in Spoken British English

10 February 2017

Funding is available for a Masters + PhD (1-year MRes + 3-year PhD) in collaboration with the Department of Linguistics at Queen Mary University of London.

South Asia Series research talks return to the British Library

10 February 2017

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

British Library’s medieval expert Claire Breay gets MBE

19 January 2017

Claire Breay, lead curator of the Library’s 2015 Magna Carta exhibition, has been recognised in the Queen’s New Year Honours

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)

New Open Days for PhD students – come and explore our collections

22 September 2016

Registration is open for our training days for PhD students this January, February and March. Find out more about these practical and inspiring events.