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How do I catalogue my collection of books, music etc?

The National Library is unable to provide specialist advice on cataloguing. However, there are a number of resources which can assist you.

To find bibliographic details for books, sheet music, CDs, DVDs, and videos try searching Libraries Australia, the National Bibliographic Database. The Libraries Australia free online service has now been integrated into the discovery service Trove. An enhanced subscription service for Libraries Australia is also available at most libraries.

Microsoft Access or Excel can be used to create a catalogue. However, this is not ideal as it involves copying and pasting individual fields from the source catalogue record into the Access or Excel field. There are several products which allow you to import the entire record. Some examples of free and inexpensive commercial products available online include:

Library Thing



There are also more sophisticated and expensive bibliographic tools available. If you are associated with a university you may be able to download a copy of either of these two products:



Bibliographic/software and standards information can be found on the wiki For some general tips on cataloguing try a Google search for cataloging basics, which will provide a number of informative sites. You can also search under the alternative spelling of ‘cataloguing’.

There are also many useful print items available. Try searching the Library’s catalogue with the words cataloging handbooks.

Trove can help you find and get items at libraries near you. See the FAQ "What is Trove and how can I use it?"

The National Library can provide copies of certain materials and interlibrary loans for registered users. For more information go to our Copies Direct service.

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Last update: 2015-01-22 12:22
Author: General Reference Enquiry