Research underpins all core purposes of the British Library. We play a key role in the UK research community and work with national and international partners to support and stimulate research of all kinds.

We lead and support research projects, supervise a range of collaborative PhDs, research placements and fellowships, and run a regular programme of training events. Our staff have extensive research expertise and we contribute actively to the development of research policy.

You can read more about our activities in our 2017-18 Research Report.

(An older edition of the Research Report, covering the academic year 2016-17, is available here).


How we collaborate

Doctoral research

We support postgraduate research through our Reading Rooms and online resources, through collaborative projects, and through research training events.

Projects and partnerships

We actively lead on and support research.

Research expertise

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

Training and events

We convene and support research events and training activities throughout the year.

Policy

As the national library of the United Kingdom, we are an integral part of the national research infrastructure and have an active approach to research and higher education policy.

Proposing a new research collaboration with the British Library

An overview of the internal review process for new research collaboration proposals at the British Library.

News

New AHRC call: Celebrating Classical Composers from Diverse Ethnic Backgrounds

20 October 2020

British Library support for AHRC call 'Celebrating Classical Composers from Diverse Ethnic Backgrounds'

Towards a National Collection

8 April 2020

British Library involvement in AHRC Programme Towards a National Collection

Applications open for collaborative PhD studentships

13 March 2020

PhD applications open

Blog posts

The Botish Library: developing a poetry printing machine with Python

Tuesday, October 20, 2020

This is a guest post by Giulia Carla Rossi, Curator of Digital Publications at the British Library. You can find her @giugimonogatari. In June 2020 the Office for Students announced a campaign to fill 2,500 new places on artificial intelligence...

The 2020 British Library Labs Staff Award - Nominations Open!

Monday, October 19, 2020

Looking for entries now! Nominate an existing British Library staff member or a team that has done something exciting, innovative and cool with the British Library’s digital collections or data. The 2020 British Library Labs Staff Award, now in its...

Exploring media events with Shine

Monday, October 19, 2020

By Caio Mello, Doctoral Researcher at the School of Advanced Study, University of London This blogpost is a summary of the presentation I delivered with my colleague Daniela Major in the conference Engaging with Web Archives: ‘Opportunities, Challenges and Potentialities’...

Engaging with Web Archives - Conference Report

Wednesday, October 14, 2020

By Jason Webber, Web Archive Engagement Manager, The British Library Is it possible to have a successful conference when you can no longer meet in person? Going exclusively online doesn’t seem to have stopped the ‘Engaging with Web Archives’ (EWA)...

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