We support and stimulate research of all kinds, working with the national and international research community to generate new knowledge and resources for the benefit of UK research and the public.

We play a key role in research information infrastructure through service development and delivery. Research also underpins our cultural and learning programmes, as well as our remit to advance knowledge and understanding around the world.

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 work closely with the research community to enhance our collections and generate new knowledge about them.

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.


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.


South Asia Series research talks at the British Library

21 May 2018

A great line-up of talks based on the Library's ‘Two Centuries of Indian Print’ project and the South Asia Collection

AHRC PhD studentships for collaborative research with the British Library

8 February 2018

The British Library is partnering with UK universities to award PhD funding for collaborative doctoral projects in areas of strategic research priority.

Case studies

…I think one of the underlying principles of the Fellowship… is that you might just be surprised by what you can find [at the BL].…

Exploring the potential for innovative sociological research with the British Sociological Association.

…A PhD can be a lonely journey, but collaborative PhDs are certainly not that.…

Investigating constructions of identity in the works and archive of the writer Ruth Prawer Jhabvala.

…The BL Newspaper collections are vast and in many cases also rare and unique in their content and collection histories. …

Junaid-Ul-Hassan is a Chevening Fellow working at the British Library on a project titled ‘News and Media in South Asia: Past and Present’.

…King George III’s Topographical Collection is a truly amazing collection in the British Library…

Maps, the Italian Grand Tour and the King’s Topographical Collection

Research collaboration events

Feed the Mind Spring 2018


Inspiring lunchtime talks on British Library research.

MA in Early Modern English Literature: Text & Transmission


The British Library is working in partnership with King’s College London to teach an MA in English literature, entitled Early Modern English Literature: Text and Transmission.

Blog posts

Over There, All Over Again: American Sheet Music, World War 1 and Nostalgic Musicals

Thursday, May 17, 2018

It is always a great pleasure when you find your research coinciding with that of your colleagues. There has been a recent spike in discussions around American Music and World War I in the Eccles Centre as Jean Petrovic is...

Seeing British Library collections through a digital lens

Monday, May 14, 2018

Digital Curator Mia Ridge writes: in this guest post, Dr Giles Bergel describes some experiments with the Library's digitised images... The University of Oxford’s Visual Geometry Group has been working with a number of British Library curators to apply computer...

The Italian Academies database – now available in XML

Tuesday, May 8, 2018

Dr Mia Ridge writes: in 2017, we made XML and image files from a four-year, AHRC-funded project: The Italian Academies 1525-1700 available through the Library's open data portal. The original data structure was quite complex, so we would be curious...

Some challenges and opportunities for digital scholarship in 2018

Wednesday, April 25, 2018

In this post, Digital Curator Dr Mia Ridge shares her presentation notes for a talk on 'challenges and opportunities for digital scholarship' at the British Library's first Research Collaboration 'Open House'. I'm part of a team that supports the creation...

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