The Oxford Dictionary of National Biography (the Oxford DNB) is available by subscription to individuals and institutions worldwide.

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Institutional subscriptions

Subscription prices are based on the size and type of institution. Librarians can register online today for a 30-day free trial by choosing your region below, or contact us for pricing information.

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Personal subscriptions

The Oxford DNB is available to individuals by subscription on a variety of timed periods. Select your region below to find out more:

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A year's subscription to the Oxford DNB also comes free when you purchase the print edition.

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UK public library access

Many public libraries in the United Kingdom subscribe to the Oxford DNB. This means you can access tens of thousands of biographies, free, via your local library—anywhere, anytime.

UK public libraries offer ‘remote access’, which means, if you're a member of your local library, you can access the Oxford DNB, free, anytime—anywhere you have internet access. You just need to enter your library membership number (on your library card) in the box provided on the home page. You don't need to be in the library to make use of this service.

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Not in the UK? Many public, university, and institutional libraries worldwide also subscribe to the Oxford DNB, so talk to your librarian to find out if you have access.

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Developing Countries Initiative

As a mission-led, university press publisher, Oxford University Press (OUP) strives for maximum impact and dissemination worldwide, with fair and sustainable pricing according to prevailing market conditions. As such, OUP is committed to ensuring that non-profit research institutions in developing nations have access to critical research. OUP participates in a number of free or heavily-reduced rate developing country access initiatives, including INASP, EIFL, and Research4Life, as well as our own Developing Countries Offer.

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