MARC Records and Thoth Metadata Records

MARC Records

Member libraries can download a complete set of MARC records for all OBP titles; cataloguers won't need to do it from scratch! We publish an updated set with newly added titles every three months and alert you with our quarterly newsletter.

Please note that all our records are now in RDA format and we will no longer provide new records in AACR2.


The full set

If you are a new member library and wish to download the full set (344 records, up to date as of 28 March 2024), click on the button below.

In the zip folder, you will find:

  1. A spreadsheet listing all our books by title, and pointing you to the relevant URLs.
  2. A text file of records in MARC display format (.mrk), by order of titles.
  3. A MARC exchange file (.mrc), again by title order, which you can use to load records onto your system.

New titles only

Libraries with records for our older books can download this set, which lists only the titles published between 19 December 2023 and 28 March 2024 (11 records).

The updated set

Existing records in the previous full set have been updated between 19 December 2023 and 28 March 2024 (11 records). This file will reflect any changes to the existing records that sites have already loaded.

Download MARC Records

How is OA notated in our MARC records?

All our records include detailed information on the MARC fields 506 (Restrictions on Access Note) and 540 (Terms of Governing use and reproduction note). These are the fields necessary to accommodate data related to an item's OA status. The MARC records we provide contain the following information on these fields:

=506 $aOpen access resource providing free access. =540 $aThis work is licensed under a Creative Commons Attribution 4.0 International license (CC BY 4.0).

You can access a sample of our MARC records.

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All the records are kindly provided by the cataloguing team at St Andrew's University Library (UK), and are available under a CC BY-SA 4.0 licence.

Thoth Metadata Records

Libraries can access and download metadata records for our catalogue through Thoth, a non-profit, open metadata management and dissemination platform. Thoth offers a diverse range of formats, catering to both generic and platform-specific needs. The available formats include:

  • ONIX 3.0
  • ONIX 2.1
  • CSV
  • BibTeX
  • MARC 21 Record
  • MARC 21 Markup
  • MARC 21 XML


All records created by Thoth are generated using the Thoth Export API and are licensed under Creative Commons CC0.

Download Thoth Records

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