January 22, 2022

Statistical Report: “The British Library – Transforming Stored Knowledge Into Smart Knowledge”

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The British Library makes an essential contribution to the UK’s intellectual, social, economic and cultural life, underpinning key sectors of education and research.

Here are a Few Examples of the Statistics Included in the Report:

£4 million
Value of digitising 4 million pages of historic newspapers in partnership with brightsolid online publishing. Our aim is to digitise 40 million pages over the next ten years with a value of £40 million.

£12 million
Value of digitising 250,000 historic books and making them freely available to users in partnership with Google.

4.1 million
Physical items were consulted in the Reading Rooms in 2010/11, the highest number ever recorded. The use of electronic resources in the Reading Rooms also reached a new record, increasing by 26,500

7 million
Individual catalogue searches over the past year.

16 million
Bibliographic recordshave been made accessible to the national and international library community.

The British Library is a leading contributor to the Europeana programme, which gives digital access to 20 million images, texts, sounds and videos in partnership with other European cultural institutions. A new three-year project will build an online collection of 400,000 historic items from the First World War.

Direct to Full Text Report (7 pages; PDF)

About Gary Price

Gary Price (gprice@mediasourceinc.com) is a librarian, writer, consultant, and frequent conference speaker based in the Washington D.C. metro area. Before launching INFOdocket, Price and Shirl Kennedy were the founders and senior editors at ResourceShelf and DocuTicker for 10 years. From 2006-2009 he was Director of Online Information Services at Ask.com, and is currently a contributing editor at Search Engine Land.