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The British Library holds more than 150 million items in its collection. British Library Publishing actively publish from the Library’s collection to bring forgotten stories and original non-fiction to new audiences.

We publish thought-provoking books to showcase unexpected treasures from our collections, including maps, manuscripts, great works of literature and rare books. 

We are also home to the much-loved bestselling British Library Crime Classics series. All revenue from our publications supports the Library’s work for future generations.

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Guidelines for authors

We publish up to 40 non-fiction books a year in subjects broadly relating to the collections of the British Library, including the history of the book, medieval manuscripts, literary history, bibliography, cartography and history.

We do not publish new fiction for adults or children, drama, poetry, autobiographies or memoirs.

We welcome submissions from potential new authors in subject areas relevant to our publishing programme. Please send submissions to Your submission should consist of a two-page synopsis with a covering letter describing:

  • the nature of your project
  • your relevant experience/qualifications
  • the target readership.

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Our trade distributor

Titles in this catalogue can be ordered direct from our distributor:

Marston Book Services
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UK local representatives

London and South East

Pinnacle Booksales UK
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International sales


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South East and North Asia

Publishers International Marketing
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Greece and Cyprus

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USA and Canada

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Middle East (including Turkey and Israel) and The Caribbean

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New Zealand

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South Africa

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