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.


Call for Applications: AHRC PhD studentship on “Hans Sloane’s Books”

22 September 2016

PhD funding is available for our project with Queen Mary University of London on “Hans Sloane’s Books: an early Enlightenment library and its material relationships”.

Call for applications: British Library Translator-in-Residence

22 September 2016

Apply to become our first Translator-in-Residence – a new 12 month residency at the Library, supported by the Arts and Humanities Research Council.

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)

British Library PhD Placements: Call for Applications

22 September 2016

Apply to undertake one of our forthcoming PhD placements – specially-selected projects for researchers to develop and apply transferrable skills and expertise.

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.

Applications invited for Edison Fellowships

22 September 2016

Are you interested in researching the history of classical music recordings?