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What is the British National Bibliography ?

The British National Bibliography (BNB) lists the books and new journal titles published or distributed in the United Kingdom and Ireland since 1950. It also lists forthcoming book titles and hand-held electronic publications e.g. CD-ROMs, deposited with the Legal Deposit Office since 2003.

See our BNB web pages for more information about the British National Bibliography and what it contains.

Most of the items listed in the BNB are received by the British Library via legal deposit and may be consulted in the reading rooms in London. However, the facility required to order these items is not included on these pages.

Go to Explore the British Library to search for and order most items held by the British Library.



A list of new records added to the BNB each week can be downloaded here.

Details on how to register to access MARC21 records, for free, from the British Library's catalogue can be found here.

Information about British Library BNB metadata in other formats can be found here.



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Last Updated: September 7, 2009

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