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Cataloging in Publication Program

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A Cataloging in Publication record (aka CIP data) is a bibliographic record prepared by the Library of Congress for a book that has not yet been published. When the book is published, the publisher includes the CIP data on the copyright page thereby facilitating book processing for libraries and book dealers.  Learn more about the program

Documentos disponibles en español (ACTUALIZADO Diciembre de 2015)

Electronic CIP

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Technical Information

Tips on using Electronic CIP, including the CIP Publishers Manual.

More technical information

Coming in spring 2019!

We had hoped for a fall 2018 release date of the Library of Congress PrePub Book Link, an updated pre-publication tool for the book publishing community, but we have pushed back the launch to spring 2019. PrePub Book Link brings the Library’s Cataloging in Publication (CIP) and Preassigned Control Number (PCN) programs together in a unified, easy-to-use web-based tool. Please go to the News and Events page for more information.

Preassigned Control Number Program

The Library of Congress to assign control numbers in advance of publication to those titles that may be added to the Library's collections.

More about the PCN program

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