Roly Keating

CEO, The British Library


Roly Keating took up the post of Chief Executive of the British Library in September 2012.

Since then he has overseen a series of significant developments, including a historic move to large-scale digital collecting with the implementation of the Non-Print Legal Deposit regulations, the incorporation into the Library of the Public Lending Right service, the closure of the historic newspaper library at Colindale and the opening of The Newsroom, a new reading room at St Pancras dedicated to news collections across all media formats.

Roly joined the Library after a long and successful career at the BBC, where his roles included Controller of BBC Two, Controller of BBC Four and Director of Archive Content, with editorial oversight of the BBC’s online services including BBC iPlayer.

Roly is a member of the Barbican Centre Board and a Trustee of Turner Contemporary in Margate. He was invited to serve as a panel member for the Public Libraries Report, led by William Sieghart.

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