British Library Historic Photographs

Much of British Library’s large photographic collection remains uncatalogued, but with funding from the Jerwood Charity its holdings will progressively be made available through an Integrated Catalogue. This is a three project but the Catalogue is already searchable.  For an introduction to the Library’s holdings click on Historic Photographs.  You will find a link to the Catalogue and also information on Photographic processes,The world in focus, Exploration and archaeology, The images of war, Making of the modern world and In the public eye.

British Library Help For Researchers

  • This is an excellent service.  You can find help by subject, time period, industry, region, language, resource type, or British Library department.  You can also get help online or by post, if you want copies of documents, images, newspapers, permission rights. U. U. Library’s Document Delivery Service can assist you in getting material from BL’s Document Supply service. There is also a fee-based Research Service with access to subject specialists. Contact the service by phone (020 7412 7903), by email (  )or by completing their order form outlining the information you need and when you need it. There is a pay-as-you-go service. Charges are based on research time and online data costs.

Explore the British Library

The British Library Integrated Catalogue has been replaced by Explore the British Library. You can now search almost 57 million records in a single search as opposed to 14 million in the Integrated Catalogue.  If you had any information stored in the, My Folder of the Integrated Catalogue, this will have been transferred to, My Workspace in Explore the British Library. Please note that you can search for an ISBN (also ISSNs, ISMNs and BNB numbers) by entering the number directly into the simple search box. This will also work in the Advanced search option.

British Library digitised newspapers now available

The British Library and online publisher brightsolid today launch a website that will transform the way that people use historical newspapers to find out about the past. The British Newspaper Archive website will offer access to up to 4 million fully searchable pages, featuring more than 200 newspaper titles from every part of the UK and Ireland. The newspapers – which mainly date from the 19th century, but which include runs dating back to the first half of the 18th century – cover every aspect of local, regional and national news.
Included is the Belfast Newsletter 1828-1900.
All searching is free but it costs to view images in the viewer. 

British Library offers e-classics app for iPad

The British Library is making digital copies of more than 40,000 classic books available for the iPad, with nearly 60,000 volumes being made available by the end of the year.

Texts appear in fully digitised form, complete with original page markings and drawings, as opposed to the plain formatting associated with other types of e-books.          For just £1.99 a month in the UK  users will be able   to explore historical and antiquarian books that range from classic novels to original accounts by Victorian travellers, and from science and exploration to poetry, memoir and military history.  Visit the British Library website  for more information. 

The British Library and Google to make 250, 000 books available to all

The British Library recently announced a new partnership with Google to digitise 250,000 collection items under the Google Books programme. 

The project will digitise a huge range of out-of-copyright printed books, pamphlets and periodicals from the period 1700 -1870. It will include material in most European languages, including some English. 

The Library will select the BL collection items which will be digitised by Google at its own cost. The BL will work closely in partnership with Google over the coming years to deliver the digitised content. It will be available free of charge for full text search, download and reading, through Google Books   and also via the Library’s own website. Digitisation of this material is not scheduled to start until 2013.   BL press statement

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Archival Sound Recordings

The British Library’s Archival Sound Recordings project comprises 45,000 selected recordings of music, spoken word and human and natural environments. You can listen to over 23,000 non-copyright recordings. There are classical music, jazz and popular music, world and traditional music, and oral history sections. BL makes these recordings available for non-commercial research, study and private enjoyment. When you login you will be prompted to name your institution and you will require your UU network username and password.

New Business Portal from the British Library

The British Library has launched a new Management and Business Studies portal.  The portal aims to help researchers find high quality management and business research publications by providing access to the vast British Library digital and print collections.  Free registration is required to access the full service.  The portal contains:

  • Full text research reports, summaries, briefings, case studies, working papers and conference papers from selected Universities, research institutes, thinktanks, professional bodies, trade unions, consultancies and government bodies
  • Videos and exclusive articles by leading researchers and consultants
  • Guides and bibliographies to help you find and use material on particular topics
  • Details of books, journal articles, reports, datasets, sound recordings and other resources from the British Library’s collections that are relevant to your search – all in one easy-to use results list

Visit the Management and Business Study portal on the British Library website for more information.