The British Library, 96 Euston Road, NW1 2DB

Tel: +44 (0) 20 7412 7901

Opening times

For enquiries about our business resources and collection email our Reference team.

We support small business owners, entrepreneurs and inventors like you. Our team are on hand all day, six days a week, to help you take the right steps to start up, protect and grow your business.

Develop your ideas with our market research and company databases,  learn new skills at a workshop or mini-masterclass, have a confidential one-to-one and put your questions to some of the UK’s most successful entrepreneurs at our inspiring talks. 

If you’re an ambitious business owner, with plans to scale-up, we also offer £10,000 worth of free support through our Innovating for Growth programme. What’s more we have eight National Network Centres around the UK - so visit us today and increase your chances of business success.

Upcoming workshops & events


Using technology to boost your business

Learn how to use technology effectively to have a successful business

Workshop FREE

7 ways to make your business stand out from the crowd

An intensive marketing workshop with Alasdair Inglis, the Business & IP Centre’s Marketeer in Residence

Workshop FREE

Can I make money and still make a difference?

Ensuring your business makes profit while having purpose

Workshop FREE

Can I make money and still make a difference?

Ensuring your business makes profit while having purpose

All business events

Blog posts

How Patrick Drake gave up the rat race and co-founded HelloFresh

Tuesday, September 27, 2016

We caught up with Patrick Drake, co-founder of the UK's leading recipe box service HelloFresh, before his appearance at the British Library on 18 October.

Find out how one man turned his “light bulb moment” into reality

Friday, September 23, 2016

Guy Jeremiah, inventor of the Ohyo collapsible water bottle, chats to us about his “light bulb moment” in the train station and how he turned it into a successful business.

How one woman turned her passion for swimming into a successful business

Monday, September 19, 2016

We spoke to Lisa Irlam who noticed a gap in the market and took the plunge into the wearable fitness technology world

Tips guaranteed to cut your bills

Monday, September 5, 2016

Tips guaranteed to save you money on your business essentials

More blog posts

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