Individual free trials of the new Bibliography of British and Irish History are now available

As previously announced, the RHS Bibliography and London's Past Online will be replaced on 1 January 2010 by the new Bibliography of British and Irish History, the result of a partnership between the Royal Historical Society, the Institute of Historical Research and Brepols Publishers. We are now pleased to announce that free trials of the new Bibliography are available to individuals by going to and entering the following login details:

Username: BBIH07
Password: BBIH07

These details will remain valid until 31 December 2009.

Institutional trials by password or IP address are also still available. Please contact Brepols for more information.

You may wish to take up the issue of subscription with your librarians, who should contact Brepols for information on pricing (subscriptions for higher education institutions in the USA are based on the Carnegie classification of institutions, those in the UK on JISC banding). It is possible that the RHS Bibliography (as a free resource) has not been very visible to librarians, so you may need to engage in some local lobbying. It may also be worth pointing out to librarians that they should register their link resolvers with Brepols, to ensure access to full text where locally available: this will enable you to benefit fully from the enhanced functionality. Individual subscriptions are also available.

The trial version of the new Bibliography contains the same data as the current online RHS Bibliography. There are some issues relating to the subject indexing of the new Bibliography which we plan to resolve before the formal launch on 1 January.

If you have already received information about the individual trials from another website or mailing list, you will have been given different login details. Please continue to use these; the different details given here are simply to enable us to gauge the response to the different methods that have been used to advertise the trials.

Published on: 
24 Nov 2009