As the national library of the United Kingdom, we are an integral part of the national research infrastructure. We have an active approach to research and higher education policy that is related to our purposes and expertise.
We collaborate with cultural organisations, research funders, universities to encourage research and learning use of national collections in UK libraries, archives and museums.
Postgraduate and early career research
One example of our collaborative work in this area is the landmark study about Generation Y research behaviours – Researchers of Tomorrow.
Good research practice
The Library’s Code of Good Research Practice sets out the standards of performance and conduct expected of anyone engaged in research for or on behalf of the Library.
Our Open Access policy supports the principle that publicly funded and peer-reviewed UK research should be freely available to all.
The San Francisco Declaration of Research Assessment (DORA)
The British Library is now a signatory of the San Francisco Declaration of Research Assessment (DORA). We support the principle of DORA that research should be evaluated based on merit and not based on where it is published.
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Our Higher Education policy and strategy is coordinated by Maja Maricevic, Head of Higher Education.