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Cataloging in Publication Program

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Purpose of the CIP Program

  • The purpose of the Cataloging in Publication (CIP) Program is to serve the nation's libraries by cataloging books in advance of publication.
  • Publishers submit applications via the Library of Congress Web site.
  • The Library creates a bibliographic record for each publication and sends it to the publisher.
  • The publisher prints the record (known as CIP data) on the verso of the title page.
  • The CIP data is thereby available to each library that acquires a copy of the book.
  • The Library of Congress also distributes these records weekly in machine readable form to large libraries, bibliographic services, and book vendors around the world.
  • Many of these organizations redistribute these records in products and services designed to alert the library community to forthcoming publications and to facilitate acquisition.