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.


Research Collaboration ‘Open House’

12 March 2018

Meet our curators at a free networking event on 23 April.

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.

Research collaboration events

What’s on the Menu? Food Choices in Contemporary Life

Join researchers, chefs and food writers to discuss what influences our food choices and the impact these choices have.

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

Linguistics at the Library - Episode 7

Friday, April 20, 2018

PhD placements students, Andrew Booth and Rowan Campbell, write: What happens when you have a collection of recordings of endangered languages but little further information about what’s actually on them? Guest speaker Dr Alice Rudge, a cataloguer in the sound...

T.M. Johnstone’s Modern South Arabian recordings: collaborative cataloguing and ‘footprints’ of biocultural change in Southern Arabia

Friday, April 13, 2018

Audio cataloguer Dr Alice Rudge writes: Thomas Muir Johnstone made many recordings during his research trips to the Middle East in the 1960s and 1970s, some of which are of endangered and unwritten languages. The British Library now houses these...

The 2018 BL Labs Awards: enter before midnight Thursday 11th October!

Thursday, April 12, 2018

With six months to go before the submission deadline, we would like to announce the 2018 British Library Labs Awards! The BL Labs Awards are a way of formally recognising outstanding and innovative work that has been created using the...

Ambient Literature Festival

Wednesday, April 11, 2018

As the final months of the Ambient Literature project approach, the research team are convening a series of final events (more on which below), but are also spending time drawing out conclusions and reflections regarding the last two years of...

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