The British National Bibliography

About the British National Bibliography

The British National Bibliography (BNB) consists of descriptions of:

  • books and journal titles published or distributed in the United Kingdom and Ireland since 1950, and electronic publications since 2013
  • forthcoming books, registered through the Cataloguing-in-Publication (CIP) service

The British National Biblioography is not a catalogue of the British Library’s collections and does not enable access to collection items.

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Data summary

Total number of each entity type in the system (the look up is done in real time):