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Research underpins all core purposes of the British Library. We play a key role in the UK research community and work with national and international partners to support and stimulate research of all kinds.

We lead and support research projects , supervise a range of collaborative PhDs, research placements and fellowships , and run a regular programme of training events . Our staff have extensive research expertise and we contribute actively to the development of research policy .

You can read more about our activities in our 2017-18 Research Report .

(An older edition of the Research Report, covering the academic year 2016-17, is available here ).


How we collaborate

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Doctoral research

We support postgraduate research through our Reading Rooms and online resources, through collaborative projects, and through research training events.

British Library partnership

Projects and partnerships

We actively lead on and support research.

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Research expertise

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

British Library Doctoral Open Day

Training and events

We convene and support research events and training activities throughout the year.

British Library policy development

Policy

As the national library of the United Kingdom, we are an integral part of the national research infrastructure and have an active approach to research and higher education policy.

News

British Library PhD students

Call for Proposals for AHRC Collaborative Doctoral Partnerships

4 October 2019

Apply by 22 November 2019.

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Chevening British Library Fellowships, 2020/21: Applications now open

14 August 2019

Find out about two new year-long fellowship opportunities for international experts.

Research Report

New edition of British Library Research Report published

20 May 2019

The 2017-18 Research Report is now available, covering the impressive range of collaborative research at the British Library.

Help

Research collaboration with the British Library

Proposing a new research collaboration with the British Library

How to propose a new research collaboration with the British Library.

Case studies

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Photograph of Akmal Bazarbaev
… The British Library is a unique institution that gathers research and source materials in one place.…

Research on Turkic periodicals: Akmal Bazarbaev, Chevening-British Library Fellow 2018-19

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… Book historical research has transformed the way we look at books and their role in society.…

Researching the social and political impact of printed music in the long eighteenth century.

Innovation Fellowship British Library
… I have particularly enjoyed developing new knowledge of the Library's web archiving work.…

Exploring the challenges and opportunities of collecting interactive web-based works.

Research collaboration events

MA in Early Modern English Literature

MA in Early Modern English Literature: Text & Transmission

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The British Library is working in partnership with King's College London to teach an MA in English literature, entitled Early Modern English Literature: Text and Transmission.

Blog posts

Ulli Beier at the British Library

Monday, March 23, 2020

I occasionally come across relevant materials in the British Library collection in connection with my original mandate on the Yorùba ́ print materials (see earlier blog post), even when they are not published in my target language, Yorùba ́. Recently, I stumbled ...

William Jones, al-Mutanabbī and Emotional Encounters

Wednesday, February 26, 2020

In 1774, William Jones (1746 – 1794), then 27, a graduate from Oxford University, a Fellow of the Royal Society and a barrister with the Middle Temple, received a copy of al-Mutanabbī's Dīwān (poetry collection) as a gift from a ...

Call for participants: April 2020 book sprint on the state of the art in crowdsourcing in cultural heritage

Tuesday, February 11, 2020

One of the key outcomes of our AHRC UK-US Partnership Development Grant, 'From crowdsourcing to digitally-enabled participation: the state of the art in collaboration, access, and inclusion for cultural heritage institutions', is the publication of an open access book written ...

New project! 'From crowdsourcing to digitally-enabled participation: the state of the art in collaboration, access, and inclusion for cultural heritage institutions'

Tuesday, February 11, 2020

We-Mia Ridge (British Library), Meghan Ferriter (Library of Congress) and Sam Blickhan (Zooniverse)-are excited to announce that we've been awarded an AHRC UK-US Partnership Development Grant. Our overarching goals are: To foster an international community of ...

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