An overview of how the British Library,through a strong focus on the needs of the researcher, has responded to emerging trends in the rapidly changing information industry, particularly through working closely with publishers. This article argues that sharing a common vision of focusing on what is right for the researcher, with the objective of advancing knowledge, allows us all to put aside traditional differences and move forward together. This is particularly critical during such a period of massive change in publishing models. The best solution to effectively underpin research excellence in the UK is to devise a framework built on partnerships between publishers and librarians. Specifically, this article focuses on the results of successful collaboration between publishers and the British Library on legal deposit, copyright and secure electronic delivery.