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Our Services

We offer a wide range of specialist digitisation services, including:

High Quality Printing (PDF Download)

Location Photography (PDF Download)

Metadata Enrichment (PDF Download)

Multi Spectral Assessment (PDF Download)

Personal Collections (PDF Download)

Specialist Scanning Services (PDF Download)

3D Imaging (PDF Download)

What you need to know

Bulk digitisation

Find out how our digitisation experts can help you and your organisation digitise your archives

Ordering images

All you need to know about ordering scans or photographs of British Library collection items

Specialist digitisation

We have specialist expertise in handling a range of material types and managing complex preservation requirements

News

Coronavirus notice

26 May 2020

To keep our users and all our staff safe and healthy we’ve taken the decision to close our physical sites in London and Boston Spa for the time being, and suspend our public events.

British Library digitises 600-year old Malmesbury Bible

23 October 2019

The Friends of Malmesbury Abbey commissioned the British Library to digitise four volumes of its bible, known as the Malmesbury Bible, this summer. Malmesbury had one of the most important libraries in Europe in the Middle Ages and was home to 12th-century historian and monk William of Malmesbury.

Accessing British Library online content and services

19 March 2020

We’re closing our public spaces to keep everyone safe, but we’re always open online.

Our work

…"The directors of IAPSOP would like to thank you and your team for the stellar job you all are doing digitising materials for us… It’s a pleasure for us to see what professionals can do" Marc Demarest, IAPSOP…

The directors of IAPSOP would like to thank you and your team for the stellar job you all are doing digitising materials for us… It’s a pleasure for us to see what professionals can do

…“Reading the scanned letters has opened a whole new area of discoveries in the knowledge of the Jéquier family.” Yolanda Muñoz Lozano, architect and PhD researcher…

Unable to travel to the UK, Peruvian architect and PhD researcher Yolanda Muñoz Lozano was funded by Museo Nacional de Bellas Artes in Chile to digitise the papers of 19th century architect, Emile Jéquier

…“The British Library’s Digitisation Services team were enormously helpful when we were shaping the grant application for this project. We were confident these items were in safe hands with a team that knew what we needed and were familiar with this type of material.” Louisa Price, Curator at the Charles Dickens Museum…

“The British Library’s Digitisation Services team were enormously helpful when we were shaping the grant application for this project. We were confident these items were in safe hands with a team that knew what we needed and were familiar with this type of material.” Louisa Price, Curator at the Charles Dickens Museum

…“Thanks to the British Library and the West Bank Heritage Trust, priceless photos, correspondence and fascinating items from my great, great, great, grandfather’s travels and life have been preserved for everyone to view.” Antony James Backhouse Lambert, James Backhouse family member …

West Bank Park Heritage Trust commissioned us to digitise and preserve the priceless 19th century scrapbook of James Backhouse, a Quaker missionary, botanist and nurseryman who documented, amongst other things, Australian plant specimens

…"In addition to being a source for rare material, the British Library’s scanning services are excellent, producing high-quality images to the specifications we require" Paul Waldock, ProQuest…

In addition to being a source for rare material, the British Library’s scanning services are excellent, producing high-quality images to the specifications we require, thereby enabling projects to move forward in a smooth and efficient way