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.

News

Chevening British Library Fellowships, 2020/21: Applications now open

14 August 2019

Find out about two new year-long fellowship opportunities for international experts.

New edition of British Library Research Report published

20 May 2019

The 2017-18 Research Report is now available, covering the impressive range of collaborative research at the British Library.

Help

Proposing a new research collaboration with the British Library

How to propose a new research collaboration with the British Library.

Research collaboration events

MA in Early Modern English Literature: Text & Transmission

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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

BL Labs Awards 2019: enter before 2100 on Sunday 29th September! (deadline extended)

Saturday, September 14, 2019

We have extended our deadline for our BL Labs Awards to 21:00 (BST) on Sunday 29th September, submit your entry here. If you have already entered, you don't have to resubmit, however, we are happy to receive updated entries too....

Innovation Labs and the digital divide

Tuesday, August 20, 2019

Guest posting by Milena Dobreva-McPherson, Associate Professor Library and Information Studies UCL Qatar with contributions from Tuesday Bwalya, Lecturer, Library and Information Science Department, The University of Zambia (UNZA) and Fidelity Phiri, Visiting Researcher, UCL Qatar. Can you recall seeing...

Max Havelaar: the Novel that Killed Colonialism

Tuesday, August 13, 2019

“The book is multifarious… disjointed… straining for effect… the style is poor… the author inexperienced… no talent… no method…” Fine, fine, all of it fine! But… THE JAVANESE ARE MISTREATED! THE MAIN POINT of what I have written is irrefutable!...

Emanating light: Illumination in Islamic manuscripts

Thursday, August 8, 2019

Without the ability to travel time it may forever be impossible to restage the medieval and early-modern viewing conditions of Islamic manuscripts. Whereas in paintings books are often shown being enjoyed outdoors, architecture can offer insights into the experience of...

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