The British Library's international partnerships

Roly Keating and Prof. Rocky Ralebipi-Simela sign the MOU between the British Library and the National Library of South Africa.

We engage with regions of the world whose cultures and histories are strongly reflected in our collections.

Partnerships and our collections

Regions reflected in our collections include South Asia and the Middle East. An example of this is our work with the National Library of Israel to digitise our Hebrew manuscripts.

Memoranda of Understanding (MOUs)

We have signed Memoranda of Understanding (MOUs) with a number of national libraries, including:

  • India
  • Argentina
  • South Africa
  • China.

These agreements help us to work collaboratively on a range of initiatives, such as the project set out in our MOU with China to digitise our collection of Shang dynasty oracle bones.

Skills and knowledge exchange

Our many initiatives to share and exchange skills internationally are demonstrated by the Two-Centuries of Indian Print project. As part of this project we will deliver digital skills workshops and training sessions at Indian institutions to support innovative research within South Asian studies.


Find out about our international projects

Chinese oracle bones

We put 480 oracle bones online and strengthened links with Chinese institutions

Two Centuries of Indian print

Institutions in India are working with us to digitise thousands of Bengali books

Hebrew manuscripts project

Our joint digitisation project with the National Library of Israel