The British Library prides itself on being a physical and online space that allows its Readers to research, debate, challenge and interact with our collections. Within our vaults are manuscripts, documents and periodicals that have, over the past few centuries, enlightened scholars, encouraged discussion and provided solutions to issues of great importance. Every day thousands of researchers and visitors converge on the Library to continue this scholarly tradition and the Library is constantly looking at new ways of making material both relevant and accessible to researchers. The British Library plays a crucial role underpinning the UK research infrastructure and works closely with researchers working alone and as part of large collaborative projects. We are pleased to be part of this debate which provides the Library with the chance to collaborate with the Academy of Ideas in what is a crucial challenge for researchers, public institutions and government today.
Dr Joanna Newman, Head of Higher Education, British Library
"Just when Kant's formulation that 'the public exercise of reason should be free' had begun to seem so remote and exhausted, the Battle should reinforce one's faith in the enduring worth of dissent and of the free traffic in ideas"
Swapan Chakravorty, professor of english, Jadavpur University