We are the national library of the United Kingdom and give access to the world’s most comprehensive research collection. We provide information services to academic, business, research and scientific communities.

Our collection of over 170 million items includes artefacts from every age of written civilisation. We keep the nation’s archive of printed and digital publications, adding around three million new items to our collection every year.

We have many books, but we have so much more. Our London and Yorkshire sites have everything from newspapers to sound recordings, patents, prints and drawings, maps and manuscripts. Our inspiring exhibitions interpret these collections and bring their stories to the public.

Living Knowledge

Living Knowledge sets out the British Library’s vision for its future development as it looks ahead to 2023, the year of its 50th anniversary as the national library of the United Kingdom.

Custodianship

We build, curate and preserve the UK’s national collection of published, written and digital content.

Research

We support and stimulate research of all kinds.

Business

We help businesses to innovate and grow.

Culture

We engage everyone with memorable cultural experiences.

Learning

We inspire young people and learners of all ages.

International

We work with partners around the world to advance knowledge and understanding.

Work with us

Careers

Find out what it's like to work here from the people themselves.

Supplying the Library

Learn about procurement procedures and becoming a supplier to the British Library.

PLR

Register for Public Lending Right (PLR) to receive payments each time that a public library lends out a copy of your work.

Legal deposit

Find out about your responsibility as a UK publisher to provide a copy of every work to the British Library.

Annual report and accounts

Each year the British Library publishes its annual report and accounts for the 12 months ending 31 March. Read our latest annual report (PDF format).

British Library Annual report