Your support

Chair of the British Library Board Dame Carol Black and two curators looking at a book on display.

We are so grateful to our community of supporters. Our donors, Patrons and Members allow us to direct their donations wherever they’re needed most. Donations like these allow us to be more reactive, redirecting funds to respond to emerging needs.

This year – given the financial impact of our prolonged buildings closure – these gifts have been more crucial than ever.

Thanks to the support of our donors, in 2019/20 we have:

  • welcomed 18,400 school visitors to our building
  • digitised more of our collection so that it can be viewed from anywhere in the world
  • supported new businesses through over 88,000 visits to our Business & IP Centre
  • supported 10.3 million online learners
  • engaged 40,000 people with our cultural events
  • welcomed 1.4 million visitors
  • including 26% who were international visitors.

Member of audience at event speaking with microphone. 

We are very thankful to those who support these programmes, and look forward to sharing more with you in the future.


Find out 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

A generous donation from The Goldhammer Foundation allowed us to make discoveries.

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 England 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.

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