Welcome to bnb.data.bl.uk

The BNB Linked Data Platform provides access to the British National Bibliography published as linked open data and made available through SPARQL services.  Two different interfaces are provided:  a SPARQL editor, and /sparql a service endpoint for remote queries. Alternatively, use the search box below to enter a plain text term.

The British National Bibliography (BNB) records the publishing activity of the United Kingdom and the Republic of Ireland and has been doing so since the 1950s. This has traditionally included printed works and has recently been extended to electronic publications. The dataset includes metadata about published books, already published and forthcoming, and serials i.e. journals, periodicals, magazines, newspapers, etc.

What is available?

The Linked Open BNB is a subset of the full British National Bibliography. It currently includes published books (including monographs published over time) and serial publications, representing approximately 2.8 million records.

The dataset is available under a Creative Commons CC0 1.0 Universal Public Domain Dedication licence. Please see here for full terms and conditions. 

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