The British Library (BL) co-ordinated the Planets project and currently hosts the Open Preservation Foundation. As the national library of the United Kingdom, the BL provides world class information services to the academic, business, research and scientific communities and offers unparalleled access to the world’s largest and most comprehensive research collection. The British Library’s collections include 150 million items, in over 400 languages, from every era of written human history beginning with Chinese oracle bones dating from 300 BC, right up to the latest e-journals.
The Library passed a major milestone in November 2009 as the 500,000th item was added to the Digital Library System. The long-term storage facility now contains e-journals, digital sound recordings, born-digital material received through voluntary arrangements with publishers, more than 65,000 digitised 19th century books and more than three million pages from historic newspapers.