Australian National Bibliographic Database

The Australian National Bibliographic Database (ANBD) is Australia’s largest single bibliographic resource and 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records representing resources that are part of an Australian library collection, including published resources, unpublished resources such as original pictures, archives and manuscripts, unique items, and resources provided in any media;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 (e.g. Library of Congress) required to support copy cataloguing in Australian libraries;
  • Manifestation level records in order 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 minimum record standard, and
  • Records that are supplied to Libraries Australia in one of the formats supported by the service.

Sources of bibliographic records on the ANBD

In order to support copy cataloguing and enrich data, MARC records are currently loaded 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 – 1999)
  • New Zealand National Bibliography (1982 – 2009)
  • Singapore National Bibliography (1967 – 2009)
  • Vietnamese National Bibliography (1986 – 1995)

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

Currency and Coverage of the ANBD

Libraries Australia is committed to improving the currency and coverage of Australian libraries’ holdings on the ANBD. The Libraries Australia Advisory Committee (LAAC) recommended Libraries Australia undertake a survey to get a better indication of the coverage of the ANBD and to discover important gaps.  The survey was conducted in 2008 and results were made available in the LAAC paper Action plan resulting from the ANBD coverage survey (pdf, 42 KB)

Libraries Australia responded to survey findings, addressing a number of the concerns raised by member libraries including

  • Encouraging contribution of formed collections
  • Detailing  minimum level record standards
  • Improving our ability to action Global Holdings Updates of member libraries holdings, utilising improved technical capacity as a result of Libraries Australia Search Redevelopment (LASR) project
  • Configuration changes within the Libraries Australia Cataloguing Client to support new MARC fields in RDA records
  • Increased contributions by the education sector (schools and colleges) through our agreement with WorldShare Management Services (OCLC)

Libraries Australia member libraries are encouraged to contact the Help Desk if you require assistance in contributing your unique collections to the Australian National Bibliographic Database.

Page updated 13 January 2015