An ISBN is a unique code of 10 digits assigned to a book or other material when it is first published, or when it is published as a new edition. ISSNs are a similar code (8 digits long) assigned to serials.
Types of materials covered
The Library is responsible for the assignment of ISBNs and ISSNs for WSLHD publications and keeping adequate records of those publications.
ISBNs are allocated to:
- printed books
- educational films
- videos and transparencies
- books on cassette
- computer software
- electronic publications
ISSNs are allocated to:
- Newspapers, journals and magazines
- Annual reports
- Monographs in series may be eligible
Materials not covered:
- Material that is not to be made available to the general public
- Materials that contain less than 75% text
- Ephemeral printed materials
Under the Copyright Act, 1968 S.201, a copy of each published item must be lodged with the National Library of Australia within one month of publication.
Legal deposit requirements also insist on copies being lodged with other designated libraries within the state of N.S.W. (Copyright N.S.W. Act 1979-1982 SS 5-7).
Requesting an ISBN or ISSN
To request an ISBN or ISSN number please contact the Library.