About the British Library
We are the national library of the United Kingdom and give access to the world’s most comprehensive research collection.
Our collection of over 170 million items includes artefacts from every age of written civilisation. We keep the nation’s archive of printed and digital publications, adding around three million new items to our collection every year.
We have many books, but we have so much more. Our London and Yorkshire sites have everything from newspapers to sound recordings, patents, prints and drawings, maps and manuscripts.
Why digitise with the British Library?
We have digitised our own precious collections including the Magna Carta. Put your treasures in our hands.
We’ve been at the forefront of digitisation and digital preservation for over 20 years and, as guardians of the nation’s treasures, we are world-leading experts in handling rare, fragile material.
By digitising with us you will have access to our expert conservators, imaging specialists and high-spec studios in St Pancras and Boston Spa.
Our clients order digital images from the extensive British Library collections and commission us to digitise their own materials. We can preserve your precious archives, give them a new lease of life as digital content and open up access to audiences around the world.
Over the past 20 years we have digitised ancient manuscripts, 3D globes, complete archives of magazines and journals, diaries, scrapbooks, ancient manuscripts and much much more.
Our team of imaging specialists and conservation experts are on-hand to guide you through your bespoke digitisation project from start to finish.
In addition to bulk digitisation and scanning, we offer a wide range of specialist digitisation services, including:
“Rendering a manuscript as 3D reminds us of its multi-dimensionality and that it is far more than the two-dimensional surface which we are so used to being presented with in displays and exhibitions. This digital service enabled us to experience the physicality and form of the Ethiopic manuscript, helped us to intuit its tactility, when we couldn’t touch it, and projected it as a vital object, which, of course, it would have been in the original stage of its ‘life story’.”
“The quality of my art prints was superb and I was very impressed with how committed the British Library was to making sure the reproductions showed the details, colours and textures of my original paintings. I felt that my artworks were in safe hands from the beginning and am delighted that I can rely on them to create an archival product my own customers will be happy with”
“It is intended that this work and our collaboration with the British Library will continue, so as to make an increasing part of our Library and Archive resources available to a much wider public.”