British Library research repository

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Explore articles, reports, data, book chapters and conference papers produced by our staff through their research activities

The British Library Research Repository is an open access repository for the research produced by staff and research associates of the British Library.

Research informs and supports almost every aspect of our work, be it curation, conservation, preservation, resource discovery, digital innovation, cultural programmes or learning. Our staff are active in their specialist research areas and collaborate widely with other experts in the UK and globally. We lead and support research projects, and we also co-supervise doctoral research in partnership with universities, covering a range of disciplines and subject areas.

The repository supports the British Library’s Open Access Policy for staff research, which recognises that the outputs of our research have important value for future researchers, and so aims to make them discoverable and accessible for everybody. 

Repository aims

Our objectives for the repository are to:

  • Provide reliable information about research undertaken by British Library staff, individually or in collaboration with other research organisations.
  • Provide a single point of open access to our full-text research outputs wherever possible.
  • Make our research easier to find, and enhance the contribution we make to UK and international research.
  • Respond to the open access expectations of our research funders.

Material not produced by or in association with British Library staff is not eligible for inclusion.

Content in the repository

The repository houses material such as journal articles, conference papers, books and book chapters, reports, datasets, images, exhibition texts and blog posts. Where the full item cannot be added, metadata about the research output includes a link to the full item where possible. Some examples of our research in the repository:

Cultural Heritage Shared Repository

The repository is part of our Shared Research Repository, encompassing the research of a number of UK cultural and heritage institutions: the British Library, British Museum, Tate, National Museums Scotland, MOLA (Museum of London Archaeology) and Royal Botanic Gardens, Kew. Our six separate repositories can be visited each in turn or explored together via a single search through the collaborative Shared Repository page. The British Library manages the shared repository service.


Research at the British Library

Research expertise

Our research, professional and methodological expertise covers all disciplines and spans traditional and digital scholarship in all its forms.

Projects and partnerships

We actively lead on and support research.