7 The services we offer

Information about our Collections and access to them

Details of the British Library's Collections and Catalogues can be found via the links at the top of our website homepage.

Our Collections are available on our premises to all registered Readers of the British Library.



Details of our exhibitions and events programme.


Services for which fees are charged and details of those charges

Please see our Pricing Policy for more details.


Opportunities for volunteers

We offer a number of opportunities for gaining work experience:
  • Work experience – these are unpaid  1 – 2 week placements for young people of school age to learn about the workplace
  • Internships: these are generally work placements of between 3 and 12 months for those who have gone on to further or higher education from school. Interns are paid unless the intern is undertaking the placement as a compulsory element as part of a course of further education in which case they are not entitled . Some work placements are externally funded.
  • Volunteers – a number of former, generally retired British Library staff with specialist skills have returned to us as Voluntary Unpaid Assistants to help with work that is not funded by Grant In Aid.
Please contact Customer-Services@bl.uk with any enquiries.


Educational services

The Library offers a wide range of education services for teachers and learners of all ages, as well as providing world class research facilities for the Higher Education sector.


Research Outputs

Current and historic Research reports


Publications, leaflets, booklets and newsletters

The Library's own publications can be found in our shop. Newsletters and email alerts are available from many of our specialised departments; please see the relevant departmental or service page for details.


Advice and guidance

Please see our Conservation pages for advice and guidance on how to preserving your own books as well as handling collection items.


Media releases

Our online Press Room, with contact details, press releases and RSS feed.