Database information

Libraries can specify for each of their user accounts the default databases to be selected when the user logs on. Currently the default databases for all user accounts is the Australian National Bibliographic Database (ANBD). If a library wants different databases for a particular account, they will need to contact the Help Desk.

Please find below an explanation of each of the databases available on Libraries Australia:

National Bibliographic Database (ANBD)

The Australian National Bibliographic Database (ANBD) is a large bibliographic database covering the collections of hundreds of Australian libraries. It is Australia’s largest single bibliographic resource with millions of entries for books, journals and items in other formats such as films, sound recordings, video recordings, maps, pictures, CDs, braille and talking books, large print books, music scores, computer files and electronic journals.

The ANBD contains bibliographic records from a number of sources including national cataloguing agency records from Australia and overseas and original cataloguing contributed by Australian libraries. These bibliographic records are supplemented by location information supplied by Australian libraries.

With over 50 million holdings recording the collections of over 1,200 Australian libraries, the ANBD enables users to locate material held all over Australia. This means greater access to information for all Australian library users through the provision of local and interlibrary lending.

The ANBD has been developed and maintained through the efforts of the Australian library community and the National Library since 1981. It is updated continuously with contributions of cataloguing and holdings from Australian libraries.

British Library Catalogue

The British Library Catalogue provides access to over 13 million items in the British Library’s collection including manuscripts, books, serials, newspapers, sound recordings, maps and printed music.

Canada Institute for Scientific and Technological Information (CISTI)

The Canada Institute for Scientific and Technical Information (CISTI) is one of the world's major sources for information in all areas of science, technology, engineering and medicine. Its collection is one of the largest of its kind in North America with more than 50,000 serial titles and more than 800,000 books, proceedings and over 2 million technical reports and indexed journals. CISTI specialises in the collection of conference proceedings and makes a special effort to locate and purchase this material from around the world.

Chinese University of Hong Kong (CUHK)

The collections of the Hong Kong University of Science and Technology Library in Canada Institute for Scientific and Technical Information (CISTI) is one of the world's major sources for information in all areas of science, technology, engineering and medicine. It's collection is one of the largest of its kind in North America with more than 50,000 serial titles and more than 800,000 books, proceedings and over 2 million technical reports and indexed journals. CISTI specialises in the collection of conference proceedings and makes a special effort to locate and purchase this material from around the world.

Hong Kong University of Science and Technology

The collections of the Hong Kong University of Science and Technology Library include rare books on the history of science. It also includes many special resources relating to Hong Kong and China, including antique maps of China and reproductions of Chinese calligraphy and paintings from the Palace Museum of Taipei.

Library of Congress Catalogue

Provides access to the Library of Congress’ collection in the United States of America, including books, serials, government publications, manuscripts, photographs, maps.

OCLC WorldCat (including Te Puna New Zealand)

WorldCat produced by the Online Computer Library Centre (OCLC) is the world's largest network of library content and services. WorldCat contains more than 1.4 billion items contributed by over 10,000 libraries worldwide, including material dating from 1000 A.D. It is updated on a daily basis. Through an agreement between the National Library of Australia and OCLC,access to WorldCat is available to all Australian libraries who subscribe to Libraries Australia. For further information about this agreement see our FAQs.

Te Puna or New Zealand National Union Catalogue holdings are also included in WorldCat and holdings for Australian and New Zealand libraries will be displayed first within the details of an item. You will be able to identify the source of holdings with:

  • Australian holdings represented by NLA: NUC (e.g. NLA:ANL)
  • New Zealand holdings represented by names instead of symbols (e.g. Auckland Libraries)
  • WorldCat holdings represented by OCLC symbols (e.g. smhsm)

On 1 October 2007, the Research Libraries Information Network (RLG) and SCIPIO Art and Rare Book Sales Catalogs merged with OCLC. RLG and SCIPIO records can be searched by selecting the OCLC WorldCat database. RLG name and subject authorities are searchable by selecting OCLC WorldCat Authorities.

University of Hong Kong

As well as a general collection, the University of Hong Kong Library houses a unique collection of Hong Kong materials. The Hong Kong Collection is a unique collection of books, serials, government publications, newspaper clippings and non-print materials covering almost every aspect of Hong Kong history and life. It comprises the most comprehensive collection of materials relating to Hong Kong in the Territory. The University Libraries is designated as a depository for books and periodicals published or printed in Hong Kong. In recent years, the University Libraries has also gained depository status for a number of core international collections, and many of these are housed in the Special Collections. These include the European Documentation Centre and the World Trade Organization.

Libraries Australia Authorities (Names and Subjects)

Libraries Australia Authorities enables you to search on all authorised headings (names and subjects) added to the ANBD by the National Library and other contributing libraries around Australia. There are currently more than 1.7 million authority records available, searchable by name, subject, title and Amicus number.

Library of Congress Name Authorities (LCSH)

Library of Congress Name Authorities (LCNA) database contains approximately 9.3 million name authority records established by the Library of Congress (and cooperating partners).

Library of Congress Subject Authorities (LCSH)

Library of Congress Subject Headings (LCSH) has been actively maintained since 1898 to catalog materials held at the Library of Congress and contains approximately 0.42 million subject authorities established by the Library of Congress (and cooperating partners).

OCLC WorldCat Authorities

RLG Name Authorities and RLG Subject Authorities have been merged into OCLC's WorldCat Authorities as of 1 October 2007.