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MARC files

MARC is the acronym for MAchine-Readable Cataloging. It defines a data format that emerged from an initiative led by the United States Library of Congress that began more than thirty-five years ago. It provides the mechanism by which computers exchange, use, and interpret bibliographic information, and its data elements make up the foundation of most library catalogs used today. See the MARC site and particularly the faq page.

As a result of an inquiry from Susan West, cataloguer at Stonnington Library in Victoria, and with lots of help and advice from Susan, in 2008 we were able to create MARC files which most libraries in Australia can load into their catalogue. This means that when users browse the catalogue, titles included in our MARC files will show up as being available, with a direct link to the actual ebook file at Project Gutenberg Australia. One MARC file includes detals of the 'Australiana' ebooks at Project Gutenberg Australia. Other files contain details of many other titles available from PGA.

The MARC files created in 2008 contain about 1,600 titles. Since that time we have more than doubled our collection to about 3,500 ebooks as at the end of 2015. We would welcome help from anyone who could assist us in creating a MARC file (or files) for the additional titles.

Librarians can download a zip file containing our  MARC files.


Updated 15 Dec 2015