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Data Services

The British Library makes its data available in a number of ways:

  • Free access to MARC records via Z39.50 for non-commercial use - this is an ideal option for libraries wishing to download records into their own local library systems.

  • Free access to datasets in a variety of formats - for example, RDF-DC or linked data.

  • Priced services designed to complement and enrich commercial services. For further information please contact

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For further information please contact:

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

Priced Services:

Free Services: