About the British Library
The British Library is the national library of the United Kingdom and one of the world's greatest research libraries. It provides world class information services to the academic, business, research and scientific communities and offers unparalleled access to the world's largest and most comprehensive research collection.
The Library's collection has developed over 250 years and exceeds 150 million separate items representing every age of written civilisation and includes books, journals, archives, manuscripts, maps, stamps, music, patents, photographs, newspapers and sound recordings in all written and spoken languages.
In May 2010, findmypast.co.uk's parent company DC Thomson Family History began a partnership with the British Library to digitise millions of pages of historic newspapers. New pages are being scanned all the time as part of this 10-year project. Once it's finished, you will be able to search 40 million newspaper pages from the British Library's collection on findmypast.co.uk
More recently, the British Library and findmypast.co.uk have embarked on a project to digitise collections of interest to family historians including selections from the vast records of the India Office which are held in the Library's collections.
Learn more about these projects by clicking on the left-hand menu on this page.
The British Library's newspaper collection is held at Boston Spa. It contains most of the runs of newspapers published in the UK since 1800: 660,000 bound volumes and 614,283 reels of microfilm, which contain tens of millions of newspapers.
The scanning team has access the original bound volumes of the newspapers, so they're able to scan some of the rarest and most fragile newspapers in the library's collection, setting this apart from many other newspaper digitisation projects.
Learn more about the British newspapers on findmypast.co.uk by clicking on the left-hand menu on this page.
British in India Collection
Findmypast.co.uk and the British Library have also collaborated to digitise the British in India Collection.
This collection comprises the archives of the East India Company (1600-1858), the Board of Commissioners for the Affairs of India (1784-1858), the India Office (1858-1947) and the Burma Office (1937-1948).
Previously only accessible as original documents or on microfilm at the British Library's Reading Rooms at St. Pancras, the British in India Collection can now be explored online at findmypast.co.uk. This exciting collection includes millions of military and civil records and includes details of pensions, wills, births, marriages and deaths.
Learn more about the India Office records on findmypast.co.uk by clicking on the left-hand menu on this page.