About the British National Bibliography

The British National Bibliography lists:

  • books and journal titles published or distributed in the United Kingdom and Ireland since 1950, including electronic publications
  • Cataloguing-in-Publication (CIP) information for forthcoming book titles.

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You cannot order items found in the British National Bibliography. Use Explore the British Library to search for the item you want, and to order it if we have a copy in our collections.

Explore the British Library

Use Explore the British Library to search, view and order items from our main catalogue of circa 80M records, or search the contents of the Library's website.

Explore Archives and Manuscripts

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

View all online catalogues

More on the British National Bibliography and metadata

We provide a list of new records added to the British National Bibliography each week, that you can download for free.

You can also register to access MARC21 records, for free, from the Library's catalogue.

Our website has a lot more information on metadata standards. As well as information about British National Bibliography metadata in other formats.