British Library Management Agreement

The British Library is the National Library of the United Kingdom, founded in 1973 and subject to the British Library Act. The library`s mission is to “make our intellectual heritage accessible to all, to research, inspiration and pleasure”. The British Library is the National Library of the United Kingdom and one of the largest research libraries in the world. It provides first-rate information services to the academic, professional, research and scientific community and offers unprecedented access to the world`s largest and most extensive research collection. The library`s collection has grown for more than 250 years and has more than 150 million unique pieces representing each era of written civilization, and includes books, magazines, manuscripts, maps, stamps, music, patents, photographs, newspapers, and sound recordings in all written and spoken languages. Up to 10 million people visit the British Library`s website – www.bl.uk – each year where they can view up to 4 million digitised collections and over 40 million pages. The British Library`s funding and management agreement with DCMS Register for Public Lending Right (PLR) to receive payments whenever a public library lends a copy of your work. The British Library, Stanhope and Mitsui Fudosan UK will continue to work closely with the local city of Somers Town and the other municipality of Camden to design and guide the development. In collaboration with Global Generation, they will open The Story Garden, a temporary community garden, this spring. The garden will offer vital green spaces for the municipality and will remain on site until the start of the work. Charles Walford, of SMBL Developments Limited, said: “We are pleased to have taken this important step in the proposals to realise this exciting vision for the British Library. It is an innovative partnership that aims to provide the library with new cultural facilities while providing commercial spaces to preserve the long-term future of the Knowledge District.

We look forward to concluding our agreements with TfL and continuing to work with important interest groups, including the London Borough of Camden and local communities. The British Library and SMBL are also working closely with Transport for London to ensure that the infrastructure needed for Crossrail 2 can be placed in the new development. . . .

Author: Franck Pertegas

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