Liz Jolly

Chief Librarian, The British Library


Liz Jolly has been Chief Librarian at the British Library since September 2018. She is responsible for teams delivering core activities such as collection development; services for researchers, learners, businesses and entrepreneurs; research strategy and digital scholarship; an extensive cultural programme of exhibitions, events, and the Library’s online presence. Liz has over twenty years’ experience in a variety of institutions in the university sector, most recently as Director of Student and Library Services at Teesside University. She is a Principal Fellow of the Higher Education Academy and a Fellow both of the Chartered Institute of Library and Information Professionals (CILIP) and the Royal Society for the encouragement of Arts, Manufactures and Commerce (RSA). She was Chair of SCONUL (the UK university library directors’ group) from 2014-16, and Chair of the Northern Collaboration, a group of twenty-seven higher education libraries in the North of England, from 2016-18. Liz is a member of the Editorial Board of the New Review of Academic Librarianship and is a former member of the British Library Advisory Council.