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The British Library

About The British Library

Company HQ location: London

Industry: Creative arts & design

No of employees: 1600

Our company in a nutshell

The British Library is much more than a library and we have roles across a huge range of disciplines. We have big ambitions and we're looking for people with a range of skills to help us achieve our goals.

Life at The British Library for graduates

At The British Library, we want to make intellectual heritage accessible for everyone. As our 50th anniversary is fast approaching, we have created a strategic plan to define our ambitions and goals for the time that we reach this milestone in 2023. This plan is called Living Knowledge.

Living Knowledge is split into six main purposes: custodianship, research, business, culture learning and international. Each of these purposes work together to help actualise the vision of The British Library being one of the leading institutions of its kind.

Custodianship - we build, curate and preserve the UK's national collection of published, written and digital content.

Research - we support and stimulate research of all kinds.

Business - we help businesses to innovate and grow.

Culture - we engage everyone with memorable cultural experiences.

Learning - we inspire young people and learners of all ages.

International - we work with partners around the world to advance knowledge and understanding.

Company Values

Listen, innovate and adapt to a changing world

Treat everyone with respect and compassion

Put users at the heart of everything we do

Embrace equality, fairness and diversity

Act with openness and honesty

Collaborate and do more than we can do ourselves


Access to collection items and Reading Rooms

Free admission to national and regional museums

Well-being programme, including yoga and pilates

Flexible working

Employee assistance programme, including on-site counselling

Meditation/quiet rooms

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