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Images Online is the Picture library of the British Library, the national library of the United Kingdom. Bringing together expert knowledge of British Library curators and professional picture researchers we can provide research and advice to assist your picture buying needs.

Available through Images Online, our extensive image bank of high quality imagery reflects the vast British Library collections available to inspire designers, editorial, and creative industries around the world. The British Library holds over 150 million items including the King's Library, manuscripts, rare books, musical texts, maps, illustrations, drawings, paintings and photographs spanning almost 3000 years. In all known languages and formats, from every era of written human history beginning with rare Chinese oracle bones dating from 300 BC, right up to today's newspapers.


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