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Freedom of Information Publication Scheme

This page brings together publications relating to the structure of the Library, its organisation, and what we do.

  1. Who we are and what we do
  2. What we spend and how we spend it
  3. What are our priorities and how are we doing
  4. How we make decisions
  5. Our policies and procedures
  6. Lists and registers
  7. The services we offer

7. The services we offer

From 1 Oct 2013 the Public Lending Right (PLR) became part of the British Library. Information about PLR can be found in the PLR Publication Scheme.

Information about our collections and catalogues

Details of The British Library's major collections.

Description and access to all the Library's catalogues available online

Our collection development policy and associated policies.

Access arrangements

Details of access arrangements for visitors with disabilities. 

Our accessibility statement for The British Library website.


Details of our exhibitions and events.

Services for which fees are charged and details of those charges

A list of the priced services available from the British Library together with our Pricing Policy and Pricing FAQs.

Opportunities for volunteers

The British Library is currently unable to offer any voluntary opportunities.

Educational services

The British Library offers a wide range of education services for teachers and learners of all ages, as well as providing world class research facilities for the Higher Education sector.

Publications, leaflets, booklets and newsletters

The Library's own publications can be found in its shop, available at St Pancras and online. Newsletters and email alerts are available from many of our specialised departments; please see the relevant section for details.

Advice and guidance

Please see our Collection care pages for advice and guidance on how to preserving your own books as well as handling collection items.

Media releases

Our online Press Room, with contact details, press releases and RSS feed.

Publication for the purposes of Part 6 of the Tribunals, Courts and Enforcement Act 2007

The Ethical Future Acquisitions Policy is the British Library's public statement of its ethical position in respect of future acquisitions of material of cultural or heritage value.

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