England, circulating libraries allowed subscribers to borrow books for an
annual fee. English professor Troy Bassett of Indiana University-Purdue
University Fort Wayne has created At the Circulating Library: a
"biographical and bibliographical database of nineteenth-century British
fiction" spanning from 1837 through 1901. This database, which is hosted
by the Victorian Research Web, includes over 15,000 titles and includes novels
from The English Catalogue of Books and the British Library
Integrated Catalogue. In addition to novels, the collection also includes
information about literature that was serialized in popular periodicals.
Visitors may browse this database by title, author, year, or publisher. In
addition, visitors can browse via a number of designated genres (which include
Gothic Novel, Military Fiction, Slum Fiction, and Character: Fallen Woman, to
name just a few) as well as designated groups (including American Authors,
Suffragists, and Bronte Family).