The National Library of Australia is modernising the Cataloguing in Publication (CiP) service to provide a more efficient user experience for publishers.

What has changed?

  • Applications are now processed instantly, eliminating the old ten day timeframe. Once you receive your email confirmation, the CiP process is complete. You can see your prepublication catalogue record on Trove, the national discovery service, within 48 hours 
  • Publishers are now able to select their own subjects from a short list
  • A cataloguing statement has replaced CiP entries for publishers to print in their books:

Cataloguing statement

What has stayed the same?

  • The CiP service is still free, and is available via an online form
  • A prepublication catalogue record is still created for your upcoming book, based on your CiP application
  • The National Library continues to share this prepublication catalogue record (containing your book details) with the library community via Libraries Australia and Trove, creating greater exposure and increasing the potential for book sales
  • National Library staff still upgrade your book's prepublication record to a full catalogue record once the legal deposit copy of your book has been processed. This catalogue record is discoverable on the Library's public catalogue and Trove
  • National Library staff are available to assist with your enquiries

I have more questions – who should I contact?

For more information about these changes, call us on (02) 6262 1785 or email