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Survey on Free Data Services

Tuesday, 2016-11-22

The Library makes its data available to researchers and other libraries free of charge in a variety of formats and access mechanisms: MARC21 via Z39.50, basic RDF/XML, Linked Open Data and Researcher Format (.csv). We are now seeking feedback on these free data services.

Please fill in the following survey - it should take no more than 15 minutes - and submit your reply by Saturday 31 December 2016.

If you would like to be informed of the results of the survey and/or would be willing to discuss your responses further with a member of the survey team, please send your email address to


Response to the consultation on Subject Standards

Monday, 2016-07-18

The Library is publishing the response to the consultation on the future of the subject and classification schemes we apply to our bibliographic records.

Response to the consultation on Subject Standards

From February to April 2016 we sought the views of our stakeholders; including cataloguers, classifiers and catalogue users regarding:

  • replacement of Library of Congress Subject Headings with FAST (Faceted Application of Subject Terminology) developed by OCLC
  • selective introduction of abridged Dewey Decimal Classification

Follow the links below to the original consultation document summarising the findings of our project.

Consultation on Subject Indexing and Classification standards applied by the British Library

For further queries, please contact us at:


For further information please contact:

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



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