About Explore the British Library

With Explore the British Library you can search:

  • Our main catalogue for millions of records for books, journals, newspapers, printed maps, scores, electronic resources, sound archive items etc. in the Library's collections 
  • Our Website for thousands of records for Library web pages
  • Explore Further for millions of freely available articles.

More catalogues

Whilst Explore the British Library gives access to the majority of the Library's collection, it does not yet include records from all the Library's catalogues. Notable exceptions are:

Explore Archives and Manuscripts

Use the Archives and Manuscripts catalogue to search for personal, family and estate papers, manuscripts and India Office Records.

Register of Preservation Surrogates

Search this catalogue of printed book and music titles on archival microform.

View all online catalogues

News & notices

New release of Explore the British Library

Wednesday 24 May sees a new release of the Library’s catalogue.

Collection items temporarily unavailable

There is some disruption to the availability of items in our collection

Booksellers Association

Books can be purchased or ordered from members of The Booksellers Association who can be found on the BA website. The database includes all the major chains and local independents and can be searched by bookshop name, town, county and postcode. The display will show full bookshop details including Google map locations and Street View and where the bookshop has a website, you can click straight through.