If you are unable to apply online, phone the CiP Unit on (02) 6262 1458 or contact us at the address below. Return the completed form to:

Cataloguing in Publication Unit
National Library of Australia
Canberra ACT 2600

The application form contains data essential to the cataloguing process. Applications lacking the minimum requirements cannot be catalogued and may be returned.

Online applications are processed instantly. If, after applying for a CiP record, you change the title, authorship details or subject of the book, please advise the CiP Unit so that the catalogue record can be updated.

International Standard Book Number

Applications must include a valid Australian International Standard Book Number (ISBN). An ISBN is a unique code for the identification of published works, which is used whenever information on books needs to be recorded or communicated by libraries, publishers and the book trade.

Publishers requiring an ISBN may obtain one from the ISBN Agency Australia at:

ISBN Agency
+61 3 8517 8349

Publishers who allocate their own ISBNs should include them on the CiP application form.

Where should the catalogue statement appear in my book?

  • The cataloguing statement should be printed in the book on the reverse side of the title page.
  • For electronic publications, the cataloguing statement should appear near the title and other publication details.
  • The cataloguing statement may be resized, ranged left or centred to suit publishers' individual design arrangements. The cataloguing statement may not be altered in any other way.

What do I do after the book is published?

The CiP process is not complete until the National Library receives a copy of the published item for legal deposit.

Upon receipt of the item, Library staff upgrade the catalogue record on Libraries Australia to advise libraries, library suppliers and other members of the book trade that the title has been published. More details are added to the catalogue record, and changes in title, subtitle, series, author, or subject may be made at this time.