People studying at desks in front of the King's Library inside the British Library.

We support and stimulate research of all kinds.

Since our foundation back in 1973, the Library has been at the heart of the UK’s infrastructure of research and innovation. We have also made our collections, expertise and spaces available to anyone who wants to carry out their own research. Now, as we look forward to our 50th anniversary, our goal is to support the active creation of new knowledge in all fields of human enquiry and evolve our spaces and services to keep pace with the changing needs of researchers. We also intend to harness the power of the data analytics revolution that is enabling researchers to use our digital collections at scale.

Specifically, between now and 2023 our priorities to support our Research purpose are to ensure that our on-site facilities and Reading Room services keep pace with the changing needs of researchers and work with partners to increase the Library’s capacity as an independent research organisation. We are also developing our remote access services to become a trusted and indispensable resource for fact-finding, research and analysis for researchers everywhere. And, we intend to leverage our collections and expertise to drive innovation in large-scale data analytics for the benefit of UK research.


These five major transformation programmes show how we're achieving our Living Knowledge vision.

Everyone Engaged

Our mission is to make our intellectual heritage available to everyone for research, inspiration and enjoyment.

Everything Available

We're modernising our support for researchers of all kinds.

St Pancras Transformed

We're expanding the British Library’s campus in St Pancras, London.

Heritage Made Digital

We will transform digital access to our collections of heritage materials.

Boston Spa Renewed

We're developing our Boston Spa site to meet the information management challenges of the 21st century.