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For over forty-five years Special Libraries Cataloguing has been serving libraries internationally, receiving mailed, couriered, or digital copies of the front and back of title pages with collation (number of pages or volumes) noted. For nonbook materials, copies of the items' container, labels, inserts, or any available accompanying material are used. Remote electronic resources are catalogued on the basis of supplied URLs, or PDF files. More detailed instructions for preparing photocopies will be provided on request.

Languages Covered

English, Danish, Dutch, French, German, Italian, Japanese, Korean, Persian, Spanish, Swedish, Cyrillic script languages

All non Roman scripts are romanized, as opposed to being in original script.

MARC records can be provided in French (French descriptive notes, RVM French subject headings above English ones), or in Spanish (Spanish descriptive notes, Bilindex/Oakland Spanish subject headings above English ones).

Cataloguing in Publication (CIP)

SLC provides cataloguing in publication data for publications which fall outside the scope of either the Library of Congress or Library and Archives Canada CIP programs.

Electronic Resource MARC Records for Publishers

Publishers and aggregators of electronic resources (monographs, serials, and websites), find that libraries expect them to provide MARC records. The preparation of records for electronic resources is an increasing part of SLC's work.


Products include RDA/MARC21 (machine readable cataloguing) records via FTP, HTTP(S) or Email.

Cataloguing Practices

Cataloguing follows the provisions of RDA with enhancements, e.g., names of firm members who speak at symposia as added entries, and jurisdictional qualification of all cities of publication. SLC attempt to avoid RDA "not identified" phrases.


Classifications available include LCC (Library of Congress Classification), DDC (Dewey Decimal Classification), NLM (National Library of Medicine Classification) in conjunction with LC or alone, UDC (Universal Decimal Classification), Moys (A Classification Scheme for Law Books), and KF Mod (KF Classification Modified for Use in Canadian Law Libraries), as well as Canadian FC and PS8000.

Subject Headings

Subject headings available are LCSH (Library of Congress Subject Headings) and MeSH (NLM's Medical Subject Headings). Local subject headings may be requested.

OCLC Loading

SLC can upload MARC records to your OCLC account on your behalf.

Bibliographic Data Conversion and Enhancement

SLC provides conversion and MARC enhancement services, including conversion to and from XML, XLS, CVS, ONIX and other native formats employed by various integrated library systems. Contact us for more information.