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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.

Engage and collaborate with British Library Labs - Enter our Annual Awards!

Submit your project for one of the British Library Labs Awards which recognise outstanding work that has been created using the British Library’s digital collections! The deadline is midnight on Thursday 11th October, 2018.
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'16 x16 Colourful Faces from the British Library Collection', created by Mario Klingemann, a winner of the Labs Awards. The images are collated from the Library's Flickr Commons 1 million collection

  • British Library Labs hosts and supports a wide range of events, including workshops, seminars and presentations, which explore the uses of the British Library’s digital collections and provide networking opportunities.
  • British Library Labs encourages researchers, developers, educators and artists to talk to us about collaborating on projects using the British Library’s digital content.
  • The British Library Labs Competition supported transformative project ideas which have sought to use the British Library’s digital content in new and exciting ways.
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The art installation Crossroads of Curiosity, created by David Normal, used images from the Library's digital collections and was temporarily assembled in the Library's piazza (2015)


The @BL_Labs Roadshows: dates and locations for 2018!

Do you want to learn more about the British Library’s digital collections? Are you interested in discovering how other researchers have used our digitised material in creative and innovative ways? Would you like to give us feedback on the kinds of services we are providing and would like to provide for digital scholars? Come and meet Library staff and gain an insight into some of the opportunities and challenges of working with our digital content. Get advice, pick up tips, and consider entering the digital project you have been working on for one of the BL Labs Awards (deadline Thursday 11th October 2018).
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BL Labs Roadshow locations for 2018Map from the BL's 1 Million Flickr Images - p.12 of "A Manual of British and Irish History" by Thomas Flanagan. British Library HMNTS 1325.e.21
Our **@BL_Labs** Roadshows will be held at university departments across the UK between March and June 2018. Events will include presentations from the British Library and host institutions, practical hands-on workshops, a chance to explore and discuss what you may do with some of the Library's data and for you to speak to and get feedback from experts. We’re also keen to hear your views on some of the long-term services the British Library is hoping to develop for those who want to work with our digital collections and data.

Read more about the roadshows on our digital scholarship blog post or click on the 'BL Labs Events' link on the left navigation bar.