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Bulk downloads, serialized as N-Triples, RDF/XML or CSV are available below. These may be downloaded as compressed files (ZIP format).

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Linked Open Data

  • British National Bibliography

Books and serials eligible for BNB. Models, schema and URI patterns available here. Updated monthly. Zipped folders include multiple files and a PDF document.

DATASET DATE SIZE (KB)
(full file)
FULL FILE
SAMPLE
BNB LOD Books 2016-07 1,097,170 nt nt
BNB LOD Serials 2016-07 42,151 nt nt
BNB LOD Books 2016-07 1,120,989 rdfxml rdfxml
BNB LOD Serials 2016-07 36,910 rdfxml rdfxml
VoID Descriptions 2016-07 5 ttl N/A

Search service: http://bnb.data.bl.uk
SPARQL editor: http://bnb.data.bl.uk/flint-sparql
SPARQL endpoint: http://bnb.data.bl.uk/sparql

Open Data: basic RDF/XML

  • British National Bibliography

Full file, including Cataloguing-In-Publication records. Updated monthly. Zipped folders include multiple files and a PDF document.

Please note: these versions of the datasets are structured using a basic form of RDF/XML (e.g. they do not contain URIs) and are not primarily intended for use in a linked data environment.

DATASET DATE SIZE (KB)
(full file)
FULL FILE
SAMPLE
BNB Basic 2016-07 671,019 rdfxml rdfxml

Weekly files for new BNB records are also available here.

  • British Library Integrated Catalogue - Books

Books in our collections not eligible for BNB. Updated monthly. Zipped folders include multiple files and a PDF document.

Please note: these versions of the datasets are structured using a basic form of RDF/XML (e.g. they do not contain URIs) and are not primarily intended for use in a linked data environment.

DATASET DATE SIZE (KB)
(full file)
FULL FILE SAMPLE
BLIC Basic Books 2016-07 1,343,147 rdfxml rdfxml
  • British Library Printed Music

Dataset comprising records for printed music held at the British Library. Zipped folders include multiple files and a PDF document.

Please note: these versions of the datasets are structured using a basic form of RDF/XML (e.g. they do not contain URIs) and are not primarily intended for use in a linked data environment.

DATASET DATE SIZE (KB)
FULL FILE
BL Printed Music 2015-05 88,070 rdfxml

Please note: another version of this dataset is available in csv format

Open Data: Researcher Format (CSV)

  • Alice's Day 2016

Dataset comprising records for works relating to Alice in Wonderland, from the BNB and our British Library printed and manuscript collections. Initially released in 2015 to accompany Alice's Day 2015 - 4 July 2015. Updated annually. Zipped folders include multiple csv files, a readme.txt file and a PDF document.

DATASET DATE SIZE (KB)
FULL FILE
Alice's Day 2016-06 12,420 csv
  • British Library Music

Datasets comprising records for printed and manuscript music held at the British Library. Zipped folders may include multiple csv files, a readme.txt file and a PDF document.

DATASET DATE SIZE (KB)
FULL FILE
BL Printed Music* 2015-05 281,582 csv
BL Manuscript Music 2015-09 665 csv

* Please note: another version of this dataset is available in basic RDF/XML format

  • Comics Unmasked

Dataset comprising records for comic-books and books relating to comics in the British National Bibliography. Initially released in 2014 to accompany the British Library's exhibition "Comics Unmasked". Updated annually. Zipped folders include multiple files, a readme.txt file and a PDF document.

DATASET DATE SIZE (KB)
FULL FILE
Comics Unmasked 2016-07 24,158 csv
  • Magna Carta

Dataset comprising records for works relating to Magna Carta, from the BNB and our British Library printed and manuscript collections. Initially released in 2015 to accompany the British Library's exhibition "Magna Carta: Law, Liberty, Legacy". Zipped folders include multiple files, a readme.txt file and a PDF document.

DATASET DATE SIZE (KB)
FULL FILE
Magna Carta 2016-05 3,888 csv
  • Punk

Dataset comprising records for works relating to Punk published since 1976, from the BNB and our British Library printed and manuscript collections. Released in 2016 to accompany the British Library's exhibition "Punk 1976-78". Zipped folders include multiple files, a readme.txt file and a PDF document.

DATASET DATE SIZE (KB)
FULL FILE
Punk 2016-07 217 csv
  • Shakespeare

Dataset comprising records for works relating to William Shakespeare, from the BNB and our British Library collections. Released in 2016 to accompany the British Library's exhibition "Shakespeare in Ten Acts" - April-Sept. 2016. Zipped folders include multiple csv files, a readme.txt file and a PDF document.

DATASET DATE SIZE (KB)
FULL FILE
Shakespeare 2016-04 19,184 csv
  • Theology

Dataset comprising BNB records for theology monographs and serials. Initially released in response to a researcher's request in 2015. Updated annually. Zipped folders include multiple files, a readme.txt file and a PDF document.

DATASET DATE SIZE (KB)
FULL FILE
Theology 2016-07 83,280 csv

For further information please contact:

The British Library
Collection Metadata
Boston Spa, Wetherby
West Yorkshire
LS23 7BQ
United Kingdom

Email: metadata@bl.uk

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