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037  Source of Acquisition (R)

Input Standards

Required if applicable/Optional
1st Indicator  Source of acquisition sequence
blank character Not applicable/No information provided/Earliest
2 Intervening
3 Current/Latest
2nd Indicator  Undefined
blank character Undefined
Subfields (R=Repeatable  NR=Nonrepeatable) Input Standards
ǂa Stock number (NR) Required if applicable/Required if applicable
ǂb Source of stock number/acquisition (NR) Mandatory/Mandatory
ǂc Terms of availability (R) Optional/Optional
ǂf Form of issue (R) Optional/Optional
ǂg Additional format characteristics (R) Optional/Optional
ǂn Note (R) Optional/Optional
ǂ3 Materials specified (NR) Required if applicable/Required if applicable
ǂ5 Institution to which field applies (R) Required if applicable/Required if applicable
ǂ8 Field link and sequence number (R) Optional/Optional


Contains the stock number, its source, form of issue, and terms of availability. Use also for LC photonegative and color transparency numbers. Use for archival identification or order numbers assigned by a distributor to computer files.

Enter the following numbers in their designated fields, not in field 037:

  • International Standard Book Numbers (ISBN). Use field 020.
  • International Standard Serial Numbers (ISSN). Use field 022.
  • Publisher's number for scores and sound recordings. Use field 028.
  • Publisher's number for videorecordings. Use field 028.
  • Standard numbers and codes. Use field 024.
  • Original study numbers. Use field 036.
  • Government document classification numbers. Use field 086.

GPO stock numbers for serials. The Government Printing Office assigns a different and unrelated GPO stock number to each issue of a serial. Do not enter GPO stock numbers in serial records.

Stock number source. If you enter a stock number (subfield ǂa), you must also enter the source of the stock number (subfield ǂb).

1st Indicator

Source of acquisition sequence. Enables the generation of a display constance preceding the note text.

blank character

Not applicable/No information provided/Earliest. Used when a resource is first cataloged. Defined as "No information provided" for monographic works that are complete as first issued.

Information given in field 037 with 1st indicator value blank ( blank character ) is not changed unless incorrect or earlier issues of a serial are subsequently available with differing source of acquisition information.

037     1351129 ǂb QBI
[Source of acquisition information for the distributor of a monograph]

Intervening. Used when source of acquisition information changes. Additional source of acquisition information between the earliest and latest may also be recorded with first indicator value 2.


Current/Latest. Used when source of acquisition information changes. The current information may be added with first indicator value 3. Data given regarding subsequent source of acquisition information can be changed to reflect the current information when only the earliest and most current data is needed.

037     BL_12860042 ǂb Portico ǂn Cambridge University Press ǂ5 Uk
037 3   ISSN_12860042 ǂb Portico ǂn Cambridge University Press ǂ5 Uk
[Source of acquisition information for the earliest and current/latest distributor of a serial]

2nd Indicator

Undefined. The 2nd indicator position is undefined and contains a blank ( blank character ).

blank character



ǂa Stock number

Enter punctuation that is part of the stock number. Do not enter Stock Number or S/N.

037     001-000-03825-7 ǂb Information center
ǂb Source of stock number/

The name or abbreviation of the publisher, distributor, or vendor. The subfield can contain full information relating to the name and address of the publisher, distributor, or vendor, including information that may also be found elsewhere in the record (e.g., in the imprint).

037     240-951/147 ǂb GPO
037     C CPS 68 003 ǂb U.S. Bureau of the Census
037     IUCPSR 7559 ǂb Inter-University Consortium for Political and Social Research, Ann Arbor, Mich.
037     MN-1090.03 ǂb Preservation Services, Smithsonian Institution Libraries, SISC, Rm. 2H11, MRC 806, Washington, D.C. 20560
037     ǂb Industry Publishers, 14965 N.E. 6th Ave., Miami, Fla.
ǂc Terms of availability

The price or price code. For non-serially issued items, use only if the information is not present in field 020 or field 024.

037     PB-362547 ǂb National Technical Information Service ǂf paper copy ǂc $4.00 ǂf microfiche ǂc $3.00
037     FSWEC-77/0420 ǂb National Technical Information Service, Springfield, Va. 22161 ǂf Magnetic tape copy ǂc $175.00
037     ǂb Ruth Duarte, P.O. Box 74, Napa, CA ǂc $25.00
ǂf Form of issue

The description of the binding or format of the item. Commonly used to record an item in more than one physical form, each with a separate price. Do not use for statements of coverage or type of subscriber, which are qualifiers in subfield ǂc.

037     LC-USZ62-40275 ǂb DLC ǂf photographic copy
037     ǂb Gordon and Breach Science Publishers Ltd., 42 William IV St., London, V.C.2, England ǂc $25.00 ǂf hard bound ǂc $12.50 ǂf paperbound
ǂg Additional format characteristics

The names of formats, format version numbers, and/or format version dates in which the data is available for transfer. You may repeat subfield ǂg for:

  • Compression technique information on algorithms or processes applied to the data set in its transfer format to reduce the size of the file.
  • Transfer size (in megabytes) of the file when transferred.
  • Recording information (i.e., information about the options available or methods used to write the data set to the medium, the density in which the data set can be transferred, and the units of measure for the recording density).
037     ǂg ARCE
037     ǂb EROS Data Center ǂf 9-track tape; ǂg DEM; ǂc $40 (per file) ǂc $20 (per file in groups of 2 to 6) ǂc $90 base fee plus $7 per file (in groups of 7 or more). ǂg ASCII recording mode; available with no internal labels or with ANSI standard labels; logical record length is 1024 bytes; block size is a multiple of 1024 up to 31744 bytes; 1600 or 6250 characters per inch.
ǂn Note

Textual notes pertaining to the acquisition of the item.

037     ǂb University Microfilms ǂf microfiche ǂc $15.95 ǂn Available only without color
ǂ3 Materials specified

For information about subfield ǂ3, see Control Subfields.

037     ǂ3 -2013 ǂa ISSN_13693786_98 ǂb Portico ǂn Informa Healthcare ǂ5 Uk
037     ǂ3 2014 ǂa mmy ǂb Oxford University Press ǂ5 Uk
[Source of acquisition information for the earliest and current/latest distributors of a serial; the parts relating to each source of acquisition are represented by a year range]
ǂ5 Institution to which field applies

For information about subfield ǂ5, see Control Subfields.

037     ISSN_23264624 ǂb Portico ǂn Wiley ǂ5 Uk
[Source of acquisition information for the distributor of a serial used by the British Library]
ǂ8 Field link and sequence number

For information about subfield ǂ8, see Control Subfields.


For indexing and searching information, see Searching WorldCat Indexes, field 037.

This page last revised: October 6, 2016