We actively lead on and support research.
We work closely with the research community to enhance our collections and generate new knowledge about them. We partner on suitable research projects across all disciplines, nationally and internationally, in a variety of ways. Find out how to propose a new research collaboration with us.
Interdisciplinary and international remit
The British Library collections are world-renowned for research across arts and humanities, social sciences, and the history of science, technology and medicine. As an institution that covers all subjects and time periods we are a unique resource for interdisciplinary research.
We offer international experts year-long professional research placements through the UK government’s international awards scheme, Chevening.
In addition, we have a small number of long-term strategic partnerships with Higher Education Institutions and other research organisations. These partnershipselp us advance our core purposes outlined in Living Knowledge.
Our research partnerships and collaborations bring benefits to our collections, to researchers and to the wider public, both in the UK and across the world.
Independent Research Organisation status
We have Independent Research Organisation (IRO) status with UK Research Councils. This means we are able to lead funding applications to them.
Our IRO status with the AHRC has enabled us to develop an AHRC-funded Collaborative Doctoral Partnerships programme. For more information about this programme see our Collaborative Doctoral Partnerships page.
We have significant experience of working with research partners to attract joint funding from other funding councils and trusts. For examples of our current and past funded projects, see our project pages.
Our staff members are involved with research projects at all levels, from leading on academic funding bids, to co-supervising PhD students with university partners.
To find out more about how our collections are organised, and the research interests and expertise of British Library staff, visit our research expertise page.
To find out more, or to discuss proposals for potential research collaborations, contact the research development team: firstname.lastname@example.org