5xx Fields

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591-598  Local Note (R)  

Record Type


Input Standards

Field (Full/Minimal)
1st Indicator  Undefined
blank character Undefined
2nd Indicator  Undefined
blank character Undefined
Subfields (R=Repeatable  NR=Nonrepeatable) Input Standards (Full/Minimal)
ǂa-ǂz Local note (NR) Optional/Optional
ǂ6 Linkage (NR) System supplied/System supplied


A note of local interest. Fields 591-598 are not part of the standard MARC 21 format. Use fields 591-598 in Local Bibliographic Data (LBD) for notes you judge to be inappropriate or unnecessary for the WorldCat record. Use for notes pertaining only to the copy of the item located in your institution (e.g., accessions information, local holdings, or receipt dates). Generally, use other note fields for notes applying to all copies of an item.

Fields 591-598 provide more flexibility than field 590 because of the use of all subfield codes. At least one subfield from subfields ǂa-ǂz is mandatory when using fields 591-598.

For information on punctuation, see the Punctuation section below.

1st Indicator

Undefined. The 1st indicator position is undefined and contains a blank.

blank character


2nd Indicator

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

blank character



ǂa-ǂz Local note

Define for local use.

591     ǂc Purchased; ǂa in memory of Anna M. Gove, M.D., College physician 1893-1936, from the bequest of her cousin, Maria Clark Brace; ǂd 2010
592     Copy in McGill Library's Osler Library of the History of Medicine, Robertson Collection copy 1: signature on title page, Jos. E. Dion, E.E.M., Montréal
593     Copies 1-2: Mark ; ǂb step 2
594     Wellcome cat. of printed books, ǂc v. 3, p. 451
595     Library lacks v. 5
596     16
597     F ǂb KIN
598     DVDs to copy 2 made by Bishop's IT Department as the original ones are prohibitively expensive; original DVDs for copy 2 in storage
ǂ6 Linkage

Data that link fields when non-Latin script is entered. This subfield is system supplied and does not appear in OCLC online displays. Do not manually add subfield ǂ6. For more information about subfield ǂ6, see Control Subfields.


Include or omit punctuation as needed.

For more information on punctuation, including OCLC policy, see section 2.8, Punctuation.


For indexing and searching information, see Searching indexes available for each LBD field, fields 591-598.


Fields 591-598 are OCLC-defined and therefore not included in MARC 21 Format for Bibliographic Data.

This page last revised: December 28, 2020