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ISNI Registration Agency

The ISNI is the International Standard Name Identifier (ISO 27729:2012) for identifying the millions of contributors to creative works and those active in their distribution, including researchers, inventors, writers, artists, visual creators, performers, producers, publishers, aggregators and more.

In 2016, the British Library became a Registration Agency for the ISNI.

The Library is working with partners in the cultural, research and publishing communities to assign ISNIs to persons and organisations. We are also working to integrate ISNIs in our cataloguing and authority workflows.

The Library is assigning ISNIs to all new authors in our e-theses online service, EThOS.

For further information, please contact isni@bl.uk

For further information about the ISNI, please see:


For further information please contact:

The British Library
Content & Metadata Processing
Boston Spa, Wetherby
West Yorkshire
LS23 7BQ
United Kingdom

Email: isni@bl.uk