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938  Vendor-Specific Ordering Data (R)

Record Type


Input Standards

Field (Full/Minimal)
System supplied/System supplied
1st Indicator  Undefined
blank character Undefined
2nd Indicator  Undefined
blank character Undefined
Subfields (R=Repeatable  NR=Nonrepeatable) Input Standards (Full/Minimal)
ǂa Full name of vendor (NR) System supplied/System supplied
ǂb OCLC-defined symbol for vendor (NR) System supplied/System supplied
ǂc Terms of availability (NR) System supplied/System supplied
ǂd Vendor net price (NR) System supplied/System supplied
ǂi Inventory number (NR) System supplied/System supplied
ǂn Vendor control number (NR) System supplied/System supplied
ǂs Vendor status (NR) System supplied/System supplied
ǂz Note (NR) System supplied/System supplied


Vendor-specific ordering data. OCLC loads the vendor records into WorldCat.

If an incoming vendor record matches an existing WorldCat record, OCLC adds the 938 field to the WorldCat record. If there is no match, OCLC adds a record to WorldCat. In either case, OCLC sets the vendor's holdings and retains field 938 in the WorldCat record. You cannot add, change, or delete a 938 field in a WorldCat record, but you can add, change, or delete a 938 field in your local copy of the record. The locally edited field is visible in the displayed record only during the session in which it was modified.

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 Full name of vendor  

The vendor's full name.

938     Beijing Chinese Book Trading Co. ǂb BCBT ǂn bcbtc20130711238
ǂb OCLC-defined symbol for vendor

The vendor's symbol defined by OCLC. For a list of symbols, see the OCLC document Vendor Record Contribution Program (VRCP).

938     ebrary ǂb EBRY ǂn ebr10728707
ǂc Terms of availability

The purchase price or price code.

938     Puvill Libros ǂb PUVL ǂn 97789978229453 ǂc $36.00
938     Coutts Information Services ǂb COUT ǂn 20794053 ǂc 45.00 GBP
ǂd Vendor net price  

The vendor's net price associated with the item.

938     Baker & Taylor ǂb BKTY ǂc 65.00 ǂd 69.95 ǂi 0686573056 ǂn 0001972387 ǂs active
ǂi Inventory number  

The vendor inventory number, which may be an ISBN, associated with this item and price.

938     Baker & Taylor ǂb BKTY ǂc 39.95 ǂd 39.95 ǂi 1418161454 ǂn 0007088083 ǂs active
ǂn Vendor control number  

The item's control number used by all ordering institutions.

938     Ingram Digital eBook Collection ǂb IDEB ǂn cis25451206
ǂs Vendor status

The status of the item (e.g., backordered, not yet published, or out-of-print).

938     Baker & Taylor ǂb BKTY ǂc 22.95 ǂd 17.21 ǂi 0877421749 ǂn 0000916697 ǂs active
ǂz Note

Additional information for the ordering institutions. The note applies to an item, not to a particular order.

938     Baker & Taylor ǂb BKTY ǂc 18.00 ǂd 18.00 ǂi 1740304586 ǂn 0006092436 ǂs active ǂz B&T Title: Battering Rams


For records containing or omitting punctuation, follow these instructions:

  • Include incidental punctuation needed within any subfields, e.g., commas, periods (following abbreviations or initials), etc.
  • Omit punctuation preceding each subfield unless the preceding subfield ends with an ellipsis, exclamation point, hyphen, period (following an abbreviation or initial), question mark, closing bracket, or closing parenthesis
  • Omit the terminal period at the end of the field unless the last word is an abbreviation or initial
938     Iberbook International S.L. ǂb IBER ǂn 86932 ǂc P2150

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


For indexing and searching information, see Searching WorldCat Indexes, field 938.


Field 938 is OCLC-defined and therefore not included in MARC 21 Format for Bibliographic Data.

This page last revised: December 8, 2020