Find out about the lives of the people who shaped history



Oxford Dictionary of National Biography


The Oxford Dictionary of National Biography contains over 65,000 biographies, 75 million words, 12,000 portraits of significant, influential or notorious figures who shaped British history. 



American National Biography


American National Biography features over 19,000 biographies of significant, influential or notorious figures from American history written by prominent scholars.



Who's Who and Who Was Who


Who's Who features over 32,500 autobiographical entries of noteworthy and influential people who impact British life. Who Was Who features over 100,000 entries for deceased people.



Benezit Dictionary of Artists


The Benezit Dictionary of Artists is a comprehensive and definitive resource for artists’ biographies, published since 1911 which includes 149,000 biographies as well as auction records, exhibition histories, and over 11,000 images of artists’ signatures and stamps of sale.



Biographies in our book collections (available for free with your library card)


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