Despite attempts made by the weather we weren’t deterred from visiting the British Library this week. Our staff here have been looking forward to becoming more familiar with the UK’s national library for a number of months and having the opportunity to discover some of its hidden gems first-hand. It was fascinating to learn more about how this institution operates. The British Library is not just of huge cultural importance but also assists with important day-to-day services here at the Albert Sloman and elsewhere. Most of the inter-library loan requests taken from staff and students through us here are retrieved from the British Library. Their extensive collection is a truly impressive resource. With the rights to a copy of every UK and Irish publication their collection includes over 150 million items and is continuously growing – by 12km a year. It’s a good first port of call for those books and journals that aren’t normally included in an academic library’s collections, and they operate the world’s largest document delivery service.