Thank you to our supporters

Our vision of Living Knowledge is to make our intellectual heritage accessible to everyone for research, inspiration and enjoyment. Fulfilling this vision would be impossible without significant philanthropic support.

We’re more reliant on the generosity of our funders, partners and donors than ever before. As we face significant financial challenges in the aftermath of the global health crisis, we are so grateful to everyone wo has shown us unwavering support.

I am delighted to share just some of the ways donations have made a difference to researchers, entrepreneurs, scientists, learners, creatives and thinkers everywhere.

Our supporters have enabled us to launch a free digital resource for learners of all ages to explore children’s literature, create a new permanent exhibition space where visitors can discover our extensive sound archive, make landmark heritage acquisitions and reunite fragments of medieval manuscripts to open up unlimited research potential.

Thank you for your generosity and commitment to helping us to be the most open, creative and innovative institution of our kind in the world.

Roly Keating
Chief Executive

Read the full Philanthropy Impact Report 201920 (PDF)

Find out how your support has made a difference

Your support

Find our how your support has made a difference.

Playing our part

The importance of our archives proved ever greater during lockdown.

Opening up access to early manuscripts

Making new discoveries through our pioneering conservation work.

Extending our national reach

Thanks to the Helen Hamlyn Trust, more people than ever can engage with precious items.

Expanding our cultural programme

Our exhibitions reflect the richness of our collection and indulge every curiosity.

Insight into an exceptional mind

Bringing Leonardo da Vinci’s innovation to life through a creative partnership.

Meet Lenore

Lenore set up the ‘Patricia G. and Jonathan S. England – British Library Innovation Fund’ to support us.

Growing our collection

Securing knowledge and culture for future generations.

New Sound Gallery opens

The American Trust for the British Library generously funded a new free exhibition.

The next generation

Inspiring online learning with the launch of Discovering Children’s Books.

Support us

Support us

Donate now and help us keep our outstanding collection free and accessible to everyone, for research, inspiration and enjoyment.

Adopt a book

By adopting a book, you directly support conservation work at the British Library.