Over 40 libraries have contributed to the National Bibliographic Knowledgebase (NBK) so far. Will you be next?

We’re very pleased to report that we’re over half-way to our target of having 75 institutions represented on the NBK by the end of January 2018. We’ve just sent over our 40th and 41st institutions to be loaded onto the database, and we now have a great cross-section of UK HE and specialist libraries represented (see below for the full list), including some whose data was not previously available through Copac. And we have many more exciting institutions signed up to contribute over the next few months. Will you be one of them?

But our work is far from complete. Our aim by 2020 is to have every UK HE library included in the NBK, along with a healthy selection of specialist research libraries. This unprecedented scale and coverage will uncover the shape and scope of the national research collection. This will allow decisions to be made at a truly national level, while comprehensive local coverage will support robust regional and consortial decision-making.

So we’re issuing an invitation to all UK HE libraries to contribute their data. You may have been contacted already, but if you haven’t please don’t feel that you have to wait for us to contact you! With over 200 libraries to talk to we are very happy for you to initiate the conversation.

The NBK is provided as part of your core Jisc subscription, and there is no extra charge associated with contributing. If you would like to more information, please contact and we would be happy to discuss what it means for your institution.

If you’re ready to get involved now email and we’ll tell you what information we need from you and how you can send us your data. All of the supporting documentation is available on our contributor website (login with your usual institutional Shibboleth ID).

List of NBK participants, as of 20/11/17:

  • Bangor University
  • Birkbeck University
  • Bishopsgate Institute
  • British Library
  • British School at Rome
  • Cardiff University (plus NHS Wales libraries)
  • Hathi Trust
  • Institute of Ismaili Studies
  • Institute of Mechanical Engineers
  • LSE
  • National Portrait Gallery
  • National Trust
  • Northumbria University
  • Queen Mary, University of London
  • Royal Asiatic Society
  • Royal College of Music
  • Senate House Libraries (plus Bibliographical Society Library, Heythrop College, Institute of Advanced Legal Studies, Institute of Classical Studies, Institute of Historical Research, Wallace Collection, Warburg Institute)
  • Sheffield Hallam University
  • SOAS
  • Trinity College Dublin
  • University of Aberdeen
  • University of Bristol
  • University of Edinburgh (plus Royal Observatory of Edinburgh)
  • University of Exeter
  • University of Glasgow
  • University of Leeds
  • University of Leicester
  • University of Liverpool
  • University of Manchester
  • University of Oxford
  • University of Sheffield
  • University of St Andrews
  • University of Sussex
  • University of York (plus York Minster, National Railway Museum)
  • Wellcome Trust
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