Research expertise

Research expertise British Library

Our research, professional and methodological expertise covers all disciplines and spans traditional and digital scholarship in all its forms.

In addition to collections-based and archival research, we collaborate with researchers in areas such as field recording, performance analysis, text mining and data visualisation. We have particular expertise in codicology, palaeography, conservation, digital preservation, digital scholarship and large-scale data analytics. 

Discover more about staff research interests, profiles and publications.

Our collections and structure

Our Collections & Curation department manages our vast collection of published, written and digital content. The department is made up of four teams:

  • Asian & African Collections
  • Contemporary British Collections
  • European & American Collections
  • Western Heritage Collections
View a more detailed breakdown of our curatorial teams and collection heads.

In addition to these four main areas of curatorial expertise:

  • The Digital Scholarship team works across our curatorial teams to support the creation and innovative use of our digital collections.
  • The Business & IP Centre provides access to our business resources and collection and supports a national network of regional centres based around the country.
  • The Learning Centre delivers a diverse programme of activity inspiring and enhancing understanding of our collections for teaching and learning opportunities, both onsite and online.
  • Expertise in Collection Care is helping to make our collections available to all who wish to discover and use them, and preserving them for future generations.

Research Affiliate Network

Much of our research activity is built around collaboration with external partners – from PhD students and early-career scholars to more senior academics and research experts, drawn from across the UK and around the world. Our Research Affiliate Network is a growing body of former collaborators and partners whose research interests and activities continue to align closely with our collection or strategic priorities. You can find Case Studies of some of our current Research Affiliates at the bottom of this page.

The Electronic British Library Journal

The Electronic British Library Journal (eBLJ) features articles by British Library experts and external researchers.

Research Affiliates

More Case studies
…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’.

…For a PhD student, this is an unparalleled privilege…

Working with our Arabic manuscripts from West Africa: Paul Naylor, AHRC collaborative PhD student.

…Everyone is really willing to help each other out…

Melissa is doing collaborative PhD research on photographs of the British West India Regiments between 1865-1914.