Shared research repository

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Our Shared Repository brings together research produced by cultural heritage organisations

The British Library's repository is part of the Shared Research Repository for cultural and heritage organisations, which features content from partner organisations making our research more discoverable collectively than we could achieve alone. 

Current partners in the Shared Repository are the British Museum, Tate, National Museums Scotland, MOLA (Museum of London Archaeology) and Royal Botanic Gardens, Kew. Our separate repositories are:

  • British Library research repository
  • British Museum research repository
  • MOLA research repository
  • National Museums Scotland research repository
  • Royal Botanic Gardens, Kew research repository
  • Tate research repository

Research in museums, galleries, libraries and other heritage organisations underpins almost all of our activities. Whether it’s a major exhibition or a new way to understand a unique part of our collections, it has probably been enabled by staff research. The Shared Repository ensures our staff research is discoverable and available to use by anyone to support and further their own research.

Material in our repositories includes articles, books and book chapters, reports, datasets, exhibition texts, blog posts and more, all produced by our staff or research associates. We are all Independent Research Organisations: we undertake significant research but research is not our main function. We share the need to make our research more discoverable and to meet the Open Access mandates of our research funders.

Featured items

Royal Botanic Gardens, Kew have made one of their acclaimed reference texts, Genera Palmarum: The Evolution and Classification of Palms, available for free, immediate download from their repository. The 732-page book, published by Kew in 2008, has been out of print for some time. Its addition to the repository saw a flurry of downloads and interest globally and it remains one of our most popular items from the Shared Repository.

Our partners’ research is valued not only by our visitors, but also by our peers in the cultural heritage sector. Digital Collecting in Museums: Approaches and Opportunities, a symposium report by colleagues at the National Museums Scotland, is one of the most downloaded items in the NMS repository.

The British Library is a major contributor to library infrastructural activities in the UK and globally. Alongside articles about our collections and open datasets, around a quarter of our repository items relate to our professional library work. For example, our Response to the UKRI Open Access Review Consultation has been downloaded many times and supports the principles of Open Access.

Find out more

We’d be delighted to welcome new partners to join our repository cluster. And we’re always happy to share more information about our service, just get in touch.

Shared Research Repository

Contact: openaccess@bl.uk