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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  • 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...

  • Outline of Spain with national flag filling country shape




    The ISBN Agency and the National Library of Spain have signed an agreement to share bibliographic metadata. The ISBN Agency will develop a piece of software that would allow the National Library to download metadata from the ISBN database choosing the output format: MARC, ONIX or CSV.

    The downloads from the ISBN Agency database can be configured with a lot of flexibility and filters, and can be programmed to be executed automatically every...