Content of the HPB Database

The Heritage of the Printed Book Database now contains over six million records of books from the beginning of printing to the middle of the 19th century. Searches are across the files provided by the 22 institutions listed below. Every year further files are added, while others are updated. Most files consist of high-level bibliographical records, created by book-in-hand cataloguing. Some of the files are created in retroconversion projects, and gradually replaced by sections with improved records.

L'Agence bibliographique de l'enseignement supérieur (ABES)

Bayerische Staatsbibliothek, München

Biblioteca Nacional de España, Madrid

Biblioteca Histórica de la Universidad Complutense de Madrid

Bibliothèque municipale de Lyon

Bibliothèque nationale de France, Paris

British Library, London

Cathedral Libraries Catalogue

Common European Heritage

Istituto Centrale per il Catalogo Unico (ICCU), Rome

Jagiellonian University Library

Kongelige Biblioteket, Copenhagen

Koninklijke Bibliotheek, The Hague

Koninklijke Bibliotheek van België – Bibliothèque royale de Belgique, Brussels

Kungliga Biblioteket, Stockholm

Leighton Library, United Kingdom

Mendham Collection

National Library of the Czech Republic, Prague

National Library of Finland, Helsinki

National Library of Lithuania, Vilnius

National Library of Norway, Oslo

National Library of Poland, Warsaw

National Library of Russia, St Petersburg

National Library of Scotland, Edinburgh

National Library of Wales, Aberystwyth

National Széchényi Library, Budapest

National and University Library, Ljubljana

National and University Library, Zagreb

Niedersächsische Staats- und Universitätsbibliothek, Göttingen

Oxford University Libraries

Regione Toscana

Szeged University Library, Hungary

Academic Library of Tallinn University

Tartu University Library

Senate House Library and Heythrop College Library, University of London

The Vatican Library, Vatican City

Warsaw University Library

Wellcome Library for the History and Understanding of Medicine, London

Wroclaw University Library

Wrocław Biblioteka Ossolineum

Yale University Library

Projected file loads

CERL is continually preparing new files for addition to the HPB database and would welcome suggestions of suitable collections to widen its scope and coverage (please contact the CERL Executive Manager:

For more information on CERL’s file loading procedures click here.