The International ISBN Agency

Easily recognisable as the identifier for all kinds of books, the International Standard Book Number is key to an efficient and effective book supply chain.

The International ISBN Agency is the registration authority for the Standard on a global basis. 

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  • The Urania Sternwarte building in Vienna, Austria

    In September 2016 the ISBN community took part in the 2016 Annual General Meeting of the International ISBN Agency, which was held in Vienna, Austria. The setting for the meeting was the fabulous Urania Sternwarte building - an observatory in central Vienna. We would like to pay special thanks to the hosts of the 2016 meeting, Hauptverband des Österreichischen Buchhandels (HvB), which runs the Austria ISBN Agency.

    The meeting was a resounding success and...

  • Photo of delegates outside the NUL



    This year the ISBN Regional Meeting of the ISBN agencies of the Balkans took place in Banja Luka, Republic of Srpska on 14th and 15th June 2016. Our kind hosts were the National and University Library which runs the ISBN Agency of Srpska. 



    Delegates from the following agencies were present at the meeting:

    • Montenegro
    • Serbia
    • Republic of Srpska
    • Slovenia
    • International ISBN Agency

    Reports were given on the implementation of ISBN in the represented countries and, among other items, there were...