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The British National Bibliography - This week's new BNB records

The subscription service to the British National Bibliography ceased with weekly issue number 3170 which was made available for download in early December 2011. The British National Bibliography continues to exist as an online service at

In order to assist our users we produce a weekly list of the new records added to the British National Bibliography. This list is now produced in two formats:

  • As a PDF arranged in Dewey classification number order available to download here.
  • In RDF/XML for those who need a format which can be manipulated by computer available to download here.

The files are provided for free and are principally designed to enable users to find the records for the latest and forthcoming titles in their own subject area.

Record content in the PDFs

Our intention is to provide enough information within the records to enable a user to make a decision on whether to obtain the item but full details for a title may be found by searching the BNB online.

The following information is given for each title:

Dewey number
Title and statement of responsibility
Publication details
Physical description
BNB number
Library of Congress Subject Headings
Prepublication record flag, where appropriate

Even though the records are quite brief, each PDF runs to several hundred pages so we would not recommend printing it out.

The lists covering the most recent 25 weeks are available to download below.


If you have any comments about the usefulness of the list or about the layout please contact

For further information please contact:

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