As part of the ongoing and retrospective process of catalogue enrichment, the German National Library is digitising the tables of contents (TOCs) of current books, special editions of serials, journals and loose-leaf works of bibliography series A, B and H. The digitised tables of contents permit catalogue users to obtain a concise evaluation of the content of the required literature, as the TOCs can be accessed during the search process itself. An ongoing subscription of metadata is available via the catalogue enrichment service. . The digitised tables of contents can be freely re-used under "Creative Commons Zero"- conditions (CC0 1.0) and full-text searches can be made of them.
Since 2008 the German National Library has been digitising the tables of contents of books and special editions of serials, journals and loose-leaf works newly published by the publishing trade (Series A of the Deutschen Nationalbibliografie) and making them available via its catalogue and data services to users worldwide. The scanning work has gradually been expanded, both for new acquisitions and also retroactively for library stocks which have already been archived. Today the tables of contents of books in bibliography Series A are gradually being scanned, as are the tables of contents of publications released outside the publishing trade (Series B) or as a university publication (Series H). Newly acquired publications from abroad, including foreign publications about Germany ("Germanica") and translations of German works are also being digitised. The exceptions are fiction and poetry, textbooks and children's and young people's literature.
Until the end of 2014 roughly 60,000 tables of contents of older library stocks are being digitised each year in retrospective projects.
The German National Library has also acquired roughly 310,000 tables of contents from German and Austrian library alliances to supplement its own data. The German National Library currently provides more than one million searchable tables of contents December 2013). Roughly 100,000 tables of contents of newly acquired publications and approximately 60,000 tables of contents of books from the 1980s and 1990s are added each year.
Free full copy of data for works published up to 2013
A full copy of all bibliographic data, including persistent hyperlinks, to the digitised, searchable table of contents for works published up to and including 2013 is available free of charge. The collected copy is updated in the first quarter of each year. The bibliographic data and the digitised tables of contents are provided for free re-use under "Creative Commons Zero"- conditions (CC0 1.0).
They are provided in three packages divided into publication periods in the MARC 21 oder MARC21-XML format variants in code UTF-8 decomposed code (PDF, 25KB, Not barrier-free file.):
- Package: Works published up to 1899 (7.568 records)
- Package: Works published from 1900 to 1999 (531.137 records)
- Package: Works published from 2000 to 2013 (634.208 records)
To obtain the relevant access details, please mail our Datendienste department, specifying the required format.
Catalogue enrichment service
The German National Library continuously provides the bibliographic data of newly published books, special editions of serials, journals and loose-leaf works of bibliography series A, B and H with persistent hyperlinks to the digitised, searchable table of contents in Portable Document Format (PDF). The bibliographic data are presented in the form stipulated by the cataloguing rules of the German National Library; they do not generally contain subject cataloguing data.
On the first page of each PDF file is a note identifying the German National Library as the digitising institution and a persistent hyperlink which links the table of contents to the bibliographic metadata in the catalogue of the German National Library.
The catalogue enrichment service offers the following options:
- ongoing subscription only for initial bibliographic cataloguing (new acquisition)
- ongoing subscription only for retrospective catalogue enrichment until 2014
- ongoing subscription for selected DDC subject categories
- retrospective subscription for a defined period
- retrospective subscription via ISBN selection (machine-readable delivery of ISBNs for requested titles is precondition for ISBN selection)
Catalogue enrichment service - Conditions
The bibliographic data are provided in the MARC 21 oder MARC21-XML format variants in UTF-8 decomposed code (PDF, 25KB, Not barrier-free file.) bereitgestellt.
The data are provided via an FTP or WWW server.
Ongoing subscriptions are invoiced quarterly.
A usage agreement must be concluded to subscribe to this service.
- Kosten Bibliografische Dienste ab 1. Juli 2015 (PDF, 84KB, Not barrier-free file.)
- The costs for retrospective orders are billed separately.
|Datendienste||Monday - Friday from 9:00 to 15:00|
|Nicole von der Hude||Tel.: +49-69-1525-1632|
|Heike Eichenauer||Tel.: +49-69-1525-1074|
|Angelika Cremer-Reiber||Tel.: +49-69-1525-1633|
Last update: 2.7.2015