British Library Labs

British Library Labs is an initiative funded by the Andrew W. Mellon Foundation which supports and inspires the public use of the British Library’s digital collections and data in exciting and innovative ways. We actively encourage scholars and innovators to work with us, thereby supporting the British Library’s mission to guarantee that the wealth and diversity of the Library’s intellectual digital heritage is available for the research, creativity and fulfilment of everyone.


BL Labs Awards (2016): open for entries until 5th September!


The annual Awards, introduced in 2015, recognises outstanding and innovative work that has been carried out using the British Library’s digital collections and data. This year, they will be commending work in four key areas:
  • Research - A project or activity which shows the development of new knowledge, research methods, or tools.
  • Commercial - An activity that delivers or develops commercial value in the context of new products, tools, or services that build on, incorporate, or enhance the Library's digital content.
  • Artistic - An artistic or creative endeavour which inspires, stimulates, amazes and provokes.
  • Teaching / Learning - Quality learning experiences created for learners of any age and ability that use the Library's digital content.

A prize of £500 will be awarded to the winner and £100 for the runner up for each category, courtesy of the Andrew W. Mellon Foundation, at the BL Labs Symposium on 7th November 2016 at the British Library, St Pancras, London.

The deadline for entering is midnight BST on 5th September 2016.