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The British Library Bursary SchemeBritish Library logo

In 2005, the British Library, Libraries and Information East Midlands and the East Midlands Branch of CILIP joined forces to create an exciting new opportunity for staff from Libraries and Information organisations in the East Midlands to carry out research in the collections of the British Library at St. Pancras.


The aims of the British Library / LIEM / CILIP Bursaries were to:

  • encourage the use of the British Library by professionals in the region
  • assist in the continued professional development of librarians
  • develop and broaden research work being undertaken
  • encourage the interchange of ideas and experiences on a regional and national basis
  • enable new partnerships between organisations and the British Library
  • enhance the British Library's presence in the region
  • improve access to British Library resources and provide enhanced services for users in the regions


The bursaries offered an excellent opportunity for professional and personal development and for East Midlands librarians working towards Chartership or Revalidation. The region's first bursary was awarded to Lesley Phillips of Derbyshire libraries and you can read Lesley account of her experience of undertaking her research at the British Library below.   Nottinghamshire Hospital Librarian, Madeline Cox  was the second awardee and her report can also be seen below. 

An account of the Bursary Scheme can be found in the article by Stephanie Kenna, published in Impact in Spring 2008, Vol 11, No 1 pp 16 – 20 “Calling all studious and curious persons” The British Library Bursary Scheme.


Please note: this scheme is now closed.


Visit to the British Library  (2007)

British Library Bursary Report (Dec 2006) Acrobat document

BL Bursary scheme 2009  (Jan 2009) Word document