British Library axes thousands of journals

BMJ 1996; 313 doi: (Published 14 December 1996) Cite this as: BMJ 1996;313:1503

The British Library is cutting thousands of subscriptions to journals used for medical and scientific research as part of a rationalisation exercise to cope with a reduction in government grants. Last week the library began its long awaited move to a new building near St Pancras station in London, a move which has been dogged by overspending, design problems, and protracted delays.

Alan Gomersall, director of the science, reference, and information service at the British Library has fought hard against the cuts, which he says will seriously affect the library's position as a national scientific information resource. “We are in danger of …

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