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Nearly all public libraries in England, Scotland, and Wales— and all in Northern Ireland—subscribe to the Oxford DNB online.

This means you can access over 59,000 biographies, free, via your local library—anywhere, anytime. Find out more or Take a tour of the ODNB online.


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UK public libraries offer ‘‘remote access’. This means, if you're a member of your local library,

  • you can access the Oxford DNB online, free, anytime—anywhere you have internet access.
  • just enter your library membership number (on your library card) in this box provided on the public homepage.
  • you don't need to be in the library to make use of this service.

Some libraries ask for a prefix or pin number in addition to your library card number. So if logging in doesn’t work direct from the public homepage check the terms required by your local library listed here.


Rest of the World

  • many public, university, and institutional libraries worldwide also subscribe to the Oxford DNB. They should offer remote access: ask your librarian if your library subscribes.
  • if your library doesn't subscribe, does your librarian know about our free trials?

More online, at home, from OUP


UK public libraries—and many more overseas—offer other OUP reference works via free remote access. These include the Oxford English Dictionary, Oxford Reference Online, and Who’s Who. Find out more.


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