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Press statement: looted items

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Further to claims made in an article that appeared in The Times on Saturday 13 September, the British Library has in recent years undertaken a range of work to identify possible spoliated items held in its collections.

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Press Contact : Ben Sanderson  +44 (0) 1937 546 126




The British Library has taken the lead, nationally and internationally, in aiming to overcome the challenges of collecting, preserving and providing contemporary and long term access to the world's digital knowledge.

The Library’s strategic vision is to 'provide both physical and digital access to world-class information where and when people need it'. We have developed a number of partnerships and business models to drive forward mass digitisation and create a valuable and enduring resource for researchers and the public alike.

Policy – Driving Research

The British Library is concerned that the shift from print to digital publishing is undermining the traditional balance at the heart of copyright in ways that could make it harder for researchers to access and use information.

We believe that the UK needs an intellectual property framework appropriate for the digital age.

Recent Press Releases


Public libraries work with local communities and artists to create a War Memorial for the digital age

Original letters, photographs and newspapers from library collections inspire community groups and artists to create a unique response to the First World War that can be accessed online.

The Digital War Memorial, created by public libraries working with their local communities and established artists, will be launched today at the British Library by Ed Vaizey MP, Minister for Culture and Digital Economy and the Society of Chief Librarians.

  • 31/08/2014

    The entrepreneurs behind Moshi Monsters, Blink Brow and Bompas & Parr come together at the British Library for ‘Inspiring Entrepreneurs: Movers and Shakers’

    On 22 September the British Library will welcome some of the UK’s most innovative businesses to share a stage at ‘Inspiring Entrepreneurs: Movers and Shakers’. This event, delivered in partnership with Barclays, is all about showcasing some ingenious entrepreneurs who have genuinely disrupted an existing market or created a new one. In discussion as part of the Library’s flagship ‘Inspiring Entrepreneurs’ event series, they will be sharing their secrets for success with an audience of budding businesses and entrepreneurs who hope to follow in their footsteps.

  • 23/08/2014

    BBC Two, BBC Four and the British Library join forces to celebrate all things Gothic this autumn

    Gothic is one of the most evocative words in art – it conjures visions of the dark and wild, the supernatural and the eerie. From the Notre Dame de Paris to Mary Shelley’s Frankenstein, some of the world’s most memorable artistic and architectural creations emerged in the Medieval Gothic era and the Gothic Revival that followed centuries later.

    This Autumn BBC Two, BBC Four and the British Library are celebrating all things Gothic with a new season of programmes exploring the literature, architecture, music and artworks that have taken such a prominent place in British culture.


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