About the Australian National Bibliographic Database (ANBD)

What is the ANBD?

The Australian National Bibliographic Database (ANBD) is Australia’s largest single bibliographic resource.

What does it contain?

The ANBD contains:

  • bibliographic records representing resources that are part of an Australian library collection—including published resources, unpublished resources such as original pictures, archives and manuscripts, unique items, and resources provided in any media

  • other bibliographic records (such as Library of Congress records) required to support copy cataloguing in Australian libraries

  • manifestation level records to support copy cataloguing and interlibrary loans

  • collection level records if manifestation level records are not available or in addition to manifestation level records

  • analytic records for component parts of monographs if the part is judged by the contributing library to be of sufficient value to warrant a separate description, such as map plates in a rare atlas

  • holdings data supplied in bibliographic records or as a separate holding records

  • Name and Subject Authority records

  • records that meet Libraries Australia’s required data elements

  • records that are supplied to Libraries Australia in one of the formats supported by the service.

Where does the ANBD get its bibliographic records?

In order to support copy cataloguing and enrich data, MARC records are loaded to the ANBD from:

  • Library of Congress (1968+)

  • OCLC

  • YPB’s Table of Contents

  • Serials Solutions.

  • Bibliographic records are (or were) loaded from the following national agencies:

  • National Library of Australia (1972+)

  • British National Bibliography (1971+)

  • New Zealand Bibliographic Network (1982 to 1999)

  • New Zealand National Bibliography (1982 to 2009)

  • Singapore National Bibliography (1967 to 2009)

  • Vietnamese National Bibliography (1986 –to 1995).

Selected bibliographic records purchased by Australian libraries for formed collections are also added to the ANBD—for example, Rehabilitation & Handicapped Literature, History of Women, Underground Press Collection (1971+).

For more information

For more information, or for assistance contributing your collections to the Australian National Bibliographic Database, contact Libraries Australia member support.