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Major catalogues on the web

Main Catalogue: Explore the British Library

Our main catalogue contains records for over 56 million items, including c.13 million records for books, journals, newspapers, conferences, maps, scores etc.; 37 million journal articles; thousands of electronic journals, ebooks and hundreds of databases; Sound Archive items; Web Archive links and over 400 Research datasets.

You can use this to place document supply requests. Registered Readers can order items in advance of their visit to our Reading Rooms.

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Other major catalogues

Sound Archive
Use either Explore the British Library's Advanced search, and refine by material type 'Audio Visual' or the Library's Sound Archive. We have three and a half million recordings in all genres, from pop, jazz, classical and world music to wildlife sounds, oral history, drama, literature, language and dialect.

Explore Archives and Manuscripts
The Library’s catalogue for archives and manuscripts includes all cataloguing since summer 2009. We are currently migrating earlier archive and manuscript catalogues. In the meantime users should continue to use the Library’s existing manuscript catalogues as well.

British National Bibliography (BNB)
Available to search, online, for free at