New Authorities databases and changes to RLUK database

Dear Colleagues

Libraries Australia would like to inform you of some changes to the external databases available through Libraries Australia.

New Authorities databases

Libraries Australia is pleased to announce that access to the Library of Congress Subject Headings (LCSH) and Library of Congress Name Authorities (LCNA) databases is now available through Libraries Australia.

This now gives members a choice of four Authorities databases when searching in Libraries Australia:

  • Libraries Australia Authorities (Names and Subjects)
  • OCLC WorldCat Authorities
  • Library of Congress Subject Headings (LCSH)
  • Library of Congress Name Authorities (LCNA)

Authority databases can now also be searched at the same time as bibliographic databases.

Changes to RLUK database access

There has been a declining use of the Research Libraries UK (RLUK) database through the Libraries Australia Search web interface and changes to the RLUK database configurations means that MARC records are not available, therefore access to the database has been disabled through web interface.

Members will continue to have access to the RLUK database via the Libraries Australia Z39.50 Gateway and RLUK’s strategic partnership with OCLC now means that RLUK records are also available to members through WorldCat.

More information about the external databases available through Libraries Australia Search can be found on our website.

If you have any questions, please contact the Libraries Australia Help Desk.
Nikki Darby
Manager, Libraries Australia Member Services | Resource Sharing Division | National Library of Australia
P: (02) 6262 1549 | F: (02) 6273 1180 | Email:

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