The British Library: Driving Growth Through Knowledge

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.


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As a world-leading research institution and steward of the UK’s cultural heritage, the British Library provides knowledge, inspiration and enjoyment for all.

Our global collections and international partnerships put us on the world stage, helping to shape Britain’s reputation and making the UK a place in which people want to study, work and invest.

Major digital initiatives are transforming stored knowledge into smart knowledge, unlocking its potential for research. Inspiring cultural and learning programmes make our collections accessible to everyone.

By increasing access to our wide-ranging collections, expertise and services – and continuing to meet the needs of researchers, higher education, business and the creative industries – we play an important part in building a strong economy.

Contact us to find out more about how the British Library drives the economy, or download the full Driving Growth Through Knowledge booklet.

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