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312 - Equipment Available (R)

MARC 21 Community Information - full
October 2014

First Indicator Second Indicator
# - Undefined

# - Undefined

Subfield Codes
  • $a - Type of equipment (NR)
  • $b - Brand name (NR)
  • $c - Physical description (NR)
  • $f - Rental fee (NR)
  • $g - Special restrictions (NR)
  • $h - Accommodations for the disabled (NR)
  • $m - Miscellaneous information (R)
  • $p - Contact person (NR)
  • $6 - Linkage (NR)
  • $8 - Field link and sequence number (R)


Information about equipment that is available from the community information entity for use outside of the entity. Information about equipment one can use inside the community information entity is given in subfield $e (Equipment available) of field 311 (Meeting Rooms and Facilities Available).

For instance it may give information as to equipment (e.g., a camera) one can rent and take home to use.




$a - Type of equipment

Information as to the type of equipment that is available. It may also contain general information regarding equipment that is available for use.

312 ##$aOrthopedic equipment on loan.
312 ##$aCameras available;$fno charge with purchase of film.

$b - Brand name

Brand name, model number, etc. of the equipment.

312 ##$aTelevision rental available;$bMagnavox;$ffee depends on model chosen and length of rental;$hclosed-caption sets available.

$c - Physical description

Physical description of the equipment.

312 ##$aVideocassette players available;$cVHS players;$f$6 for two-evening rental;$grental must accompany rental of a minimum of three tapes;$pcall to reserve players up to two weeks in advance.

$f - Rental fee

Information as to the fee involved in renting the equipment.

312 ##$aNLS poster displays available;$c4 ft. x 6 ft. display unit, with choice of five poster designs;$fcharges for shipping only;$gavailable to National Library Service for the Blind and Physically Handicapped participating libraries only;$mmaximum loan period of 60 days; catalog of available posters available from N.L.S. Poster Coordinator;$pcontact NLS consultant staff to schedule use.

$g - Special restrictions

Special restrictions regarding the rental or use of the equipment. For instance, perhaps the equipment is only available to particular groups.

See examples under the descriptions of subfields $c and $f.

$h - Accommodations for the disabled

Information about accommodations for people with disabilities associated with the equipment. Perhaps special pieces of equipment are available for use by people with disabilities.

See example under the description of subfield $b.

$m - Miscellaneous information

Information that is not more appropriately contained in another defined subfield.

See example under the description of subfield $f.

$p - Contact person

Name of the person or the source to contact for scheduling the use of the equipment or for additional information.

See examples under the descriptions of subfield $c and $f.

$6 - Linkage

See the description of this subfield in Appendix A: Control Subfields.

$8 - Field link and sequence number

See the description of this subfield in Appendix A: Control Subfields.


Punctuation - Field 312 ends with a period unless another mark of punctuation is present.


$m - Miscellaneous information [CHANGED, 2014]

In 2014, subfield $m was made repeatable.

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