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British Library launches online research service

There are currently nine million articles held by the library, going back five years - with a further 150,000 new entries added each month.The service features information on economics, education, engineering, the environment, food and agriculture, law, medicine, pharmacy and science.Users can search the database, review the abstracts of any research they are interested in and then pay to download items individually by credit card.Costs range from £7.45 (where the item is delivered by post) to £21 for email delivery within two hours. There is also a copyright charge which users are notified of before they buy. This can be anything from 19p upwards.Lynne Brindley, chief executive at the British Library, said: "We exist for everyone who wants to do research and have been working hard to make our collection more accessible and relevant. The launch of British Library Direct is another significant step towards that goal."The library also recently secured £1m to make its Business & Intellectual Property Centre permanent. Business owners visiting the centre in London can access one of the UK's largest sources of market research for free.

  • To use the British Library Direct service visit http://direct.bl.uk.
  • To find out more about the Business & Intellectual Property Centre visit www.bl.uk/business.

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