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Electronic resources

The Library subscribes to thousands of electronic journals and hundreds of databases.
Owing to licence restrictions access to these resources is only available to registered Readers in the Library's Reading Rooms.

A pilot service, Remote Eresources, provides access to seven of our resources.

Non-print legal deposit content

From 6 April 2013, legal deposit covers not only printed publications, but also material published digitally and online. This means that Legal Deposit Libraries can provide a national archive of the UK’s non-print published material, such as websites, blogs, e-journals and CD-ROMs.

Electronic journals

The Library subscribes to circa 45,000 electronic journals, and newspapers, (e.g. Acta Juridica, The Athenaeum, Industrial Robot, Law and Labor, Nature, The New York Times).

Whilst the majority of the journals and newspapers listed are subscribed and only available in our Reading Rooms, the list does include some freely available titles, e.g. Asian Culture and History, Armenian Journal of Physics, Biology Direct, Humanities, the People's Daily.

You can search for these electronic journals, and newspapers, by title, in Explore the British Library. Alternatively, many eJournal collections allow you to cross search titles for articles.


The Library subscribes to circa 800 indexing and abstracting, bibliographic, biographic and full text databases, e.g. 19th Century Masterfile, Art Index, Business Insights, JSTOR, NTIS, PolicyFile. 

Whilst the majority of the database listed are subscribed and only available in our Reading Rooms, the list does include some freely available databases and useful websites, e.g. AGRICOLA, Care and Health Law, Chronicling America: Historic American Newspapers, Fedstats.

Remote Eresources

Our Remote Eresources pilot service provides St Pancras registered reader pass holders with remote access to electronic resources normally only available in the British Library's reading rooms:

  • Biblioboard
  • Credo Reference
  • Readex: Early American Newspapers, Series I
  • Readex: Foreign Broadcast Information Service. Daily Reports 1974-1996
  • Readex: US Congressional Serial Set
  • Readex: World Newspaper Archive: African Newspapers, 1800-1922