Index To British Library Bibliography

What is the British National Bibliography ?

The British National Bibliography (BNB) lists the books and new journal titles published or distributed in the United Kingdom and Ireland since 1950. It also lists forthcoming book titles and hand-held electronic publications e.g. CD-ROMs, deposited with the Legal Deposit Office since 2003.

See our BNB web pages for more information about the British National Bibliography and what it contains.

Most of the items listed in the BNB are received by the British Library via legal deposit and may be consulted in the reading rooms in London. However, the facility required to order these items is not included on these pages.

Go to Explore the British Library to search for and order most items held by the British Library.



A list of new records added to the BNB each week can be downloaded here.

Details on how to register to access MARC21 records, for free, from the British Library's catalogue can be found here.

Information about British Library BNB metadata in other formats can be found here.



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Information on current periodicals
Information on historical periodicals
Indexes to articles in periodicals: general
Indexes to articles in periodicals: specific subjects
Union lists: general
Union lists: specific institutions and subjects

Information on current periodicals

Ulrich's international periodicals directory including irregular serials & annuals. 5 vols. New Providence, N.J.: Bowker.

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Also available online, onsite only.
The Serials directory. 5 vols. 13th ed. Birmingham, Ala.: EBSCO, 1999. [Last printed version]

HUR Enquiry Desk 011.34

Willings press guide. 2 vols. Teddington: Hollis Directories,
Vol.1: United Kingdom. Vol. 2: International.

HUR Enquiry Desk 338.470705

Benn's media. 3 vols. Tonbridge: Miller Freeman UK,
Vol. 1: United Kingdom. Vol. 2: Europe. Vol. 3: World.


Writers' & artists' yearbook. London: A.& C. Black.

HLR Enquiry Desk 808.02
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Information on historical periodicals

Tercentenary handlist of English & Welsh newspapers, magazines & reviews [1620-1920]. London: The Times, 1920.


R.M. Wiles, Freshest advices: early provincial newspapers in England. [Columbus, Ohio]: Ohio State University Press, [1965].


British newspapers and periodicals 1641-1700: a short-title catalogue of serials printed in England, Scotland, Ireland and British America. Compiled by Carolyn Nelson and Matthew Seccombe. New York: Modern Language Association of America, 1987.


Waterloo directory of English newspapers and periodicals, 1800-1900. 1st series. 10 vol. Waterloo, Ont.: North Waterloo Academic Press, 1997.


Also available online, onsite only.

Indexes to articles in periodicals: general

W.F. Poole, Poole's index to periodical literature, 1802-1881. Rev. ed. 2 vols. Gloucester, Ma.: Peter Smith, 1963. Supplements 1-5, 1882-87 ( -1st Jan. 1907). London: Trübner, 1888-1908. Cumulative author index, 1802-1906. Ann Arbor: Pierian Press, 1971. Periodicals in Poole's index: abbreviations, titles, imprints, chronological conspectus. Ealing, [c.1882.]


Index also available online as Poole's plus onsite only
Nineteenth-century readers' guide to periodical literature, 1890-1899, with supplementary indexing, 1900-1922. 2 vols. New York: H.W. Wilson, 1944.


The Wellesley index to Victorian periodicals, 1824-1900. 5 vols. [Toronto]: University of Toronto Press: London: Routledge & Kegan Paul, [1966-1990].


Also available online onsite only.
The Subject index to periodicals, 1915-1916 (-1961).
Continued as: British humanities index, 1962 etc.


British humanities index (BHI plus) is also available on CD-ROM from 1985 and online as BHInet from 1984 onsite only.
Readers' guide to periodical literature, cumulated. 1900-1904 etc.
- Supplement, 1907-1915 (1916-19)
Supplement continued as:
International index to periodicals, 1920-23 (-1965)
Social sciences and humanities index, 1965-1974
Humanities index, 1974 etc.


Social sciences index, 1974 etc

OPL300.16 (SPIS)

Also available on CD-ROM from 1980 to present.
Periodicals contents index. On CD-ROM. Also available online as PCI Web onsite only.

Indexes to articles in periodicals: specific subjects

M.L.A. international bibliography of books and articles on the modern languages and literatures, 1921 etc.


Also available on CD-ROM from 1963.
Related work: M.L.A. directory of periodicals: a guide to journals and series in languages and literatures. New York: Modern Language Association of America.

HUR Enquiry Desk 011.34

Annual bibliography of English language and literature, 1920 etc.


Also available online via Literature online onsite only.
Bibliographie linguistique, 1939-47 etc.


Art index, 1929 etc.


Also available on CD-ROM.
Historical abstracts: bibliography of the world's historical literature.
Vols 1-16: 1755-1945, 1955-1970. [From 1965 US and Canada excluded]
Vols 17 onwards (1971-) published in two parts: Part A: modern history abstracts 1450-1914 and Part B: twentieth century abstracts.


Also available on CD-ROM from 1982.

Union lists: general

The British union-catalogue of periodicals [BUCOP)]: a record of the periodicals of the world, from the seventeenth century to the present day, in British libraries. 4 vols. London: Butterworths Scientific Publications, 1955-58. [plus Supplement to 1960; 1960-68; 1969-73; annual vols for 1974-80].

HLR Enquiry Desk 011.34 (to 1973)
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Union list of serials in libraries of the United States and Canada. 3rd ed. 5 vols. New York: H.W. Wilson, 1965.


Continued by: New serial titles 1950-70. 4 vols. Washington, D.C.: Library of Congress, 1973.

Also available on microfiche: HUR Enquiry Desk 011.34

Catalogue collectif des périodiques du début du XVIIe siècle à 1939 conservés dans les bibliothèques de Paris et dans les bibliothèques universitaires des départements. 5 vols. Paris: Bibliothèque Nationale, 1977-1981.


Gesamtverzeichnis deutschsprachiger Zeitschriften und Serien in Bibliotheken der Bundesrepublik Deutschland einschliesslich Berlin (West). Union list of German language serials in libraries of the Federal Republic of Germany including Berlin (West). 2 vols. München; London: Saur, 1978.


Zeitschriftendatenbank (ZDB). Wiesbaden: Harrassowitz. [On microfiche]

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Now available online.

Union lists: specific institutions and subjects

KIST: Keyword index to serial titles. [On microfiche]. Wetherby: British Library.

HUR Enquiry Desk 011.34

Current serials received. Wetherby: British Library.

HUR Enquiry Desk 011.34

Serials in the British Library. Wetherby: British Library.
[1986 Fiche]

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University of London union list of serials. London, 1986. [On microfiche]

HUR Enquiry Desk 011.34

Now available online.
London union list of periodicals [LULOP]. London: Library Association London and Home Counties Branch, [1970].

HUR Enquiry Desk 011.34

LULOP: C. London union list of periodicals: Central area. Compiled by Martin Stallion. Leigh-on-Sea: M. Stallion, 1995.

HUR Enquiry Desk 011.34

LULOP 1999. [London]: Central London Reference Group, 1999.

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Westminster union list of periodicals (WULOP): periodicals available in Westminster Libraries and Archives.
London: City of Westminster.

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List of serials available in Cambridge University Library and other libraries connected with the University. Cambridge: University of Cambridge, 1997. [On microfiche]

HUR Enquiry Desk 011.34

Now available online.
Oxford libraries union catalogue of foreign serials in the humanities and social sciences. 2nd ed. Oxford: Bodleian Library, 1987. [On microfiche]

HUR Enquiry Desk 011.34

Union list of American studies periodicals in UK libraries. Compiled and edited by Catherine M. Deering. Wetherby: British Library Lending Division, 1983.

HUR Enquiry Desk 973.05


The British Library’s newspaper collection is listed in Explore the British Library

This list primarily covers catalogues of material which is available to consult in the Newsroom and also gives details of the availability of The Times and Times literary supplement elsewhere at St Pancras.

The Newspapers Web Catalogue
The Reading Rooms Online Catalogue, which allows for more sophisticated searching than the web catalogue, is accessible in the Reading Rooms at British Library Newspapers.
Catalogue of the Newspaper Library Colindale. 8 vols. Compiled by P.E. Allen. London: British Library, 1975.


The British Library NewspaperLibrary catalogue supplement. 2 vols. London: British Library, 1995.
Vol. 1: place sequence. Vol. 2: title sequence.

HUR Enquiry Desk 011.355

The Times, January 1785 etc. [On microfilm]

Humanities - Floor 2

Current issues in Official Publications and Social Sciences Reading Area.
The Times index, 1785 etc. [Title varies]


Also available on CD-ROM as the Times index, 1906-1980.
Palmer's index to The Times. Online index to The Times from October 1790 to December 1905. The full text component spans the years from 1800 to 1870. Available onsite only.

The online database Times digital archive provides a digital edition of The Times for 1785-1985, available onsite only.
Times literary supplement, 1902-1964 [Reprint]


Microfilm from 1969 below and current issue in stand above reprint.
Also available online as TLS centenary archive onsite only.
The Times literary supplement index: 1902-1939. 2 vols. Reading: Newspaper Archive Developments Ltd., 1978; 1940-1980. 3 vols. Reading: Research Publications Ltd., 1982; 1981-1985. 2 vols. Reading: Research Publications, 1986.


Indexed in The Times index from 1973 onwards.
HOSNILL XVII: a handlist of selected newspaper holdings, national, regional and foreign, in London public libraries. 17th edn. [Croydon]: [Croydon Libraries, Museums and Arts, Reference and Information Service], 2000.

HUR Enquiry Desk 011.35


Periodical title abbreviations. 2 vol. Vol. 1. arranged by abbreviation. Vol. 2 by title.

HUR Enquiry Desk 011.34 [+ Supplement]
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