About Library Hub Cataloguing

Jisc Library Hub Cataloguing provides a shared cataloguing service for Jisc members and contributors to the Jisc National Bibliographic Knowledgebase (NBK). Please see below for more information about the service and Terms of Use.

The Library Hub Cataloguing service allows eligible libraries to search and download MARC records for use in their local catalogue. This service is available through a web interface and Z39.50 connection, both of which require authentication. Access is available to current Library Hub contributors and Jisc members.

You will find details of the Z39.50 search in the Cataloging FAQ.

Library Hub Cataloguing is one of three services based on the NBK, the others being:

  • Library Hub Discover: Resource Discovery, giving access to the merged catalogues of NBK contributing libraries. Discover is freely available.
  • Library Hub Compare: Collection analysis service for library staff in Jisc member libraries and other NBK contributors. This is based on the deduplciated Discover database.

Terms of Use

By using Library Hub Cataloguing you are agreeing to the following Terms & Conditions. Please read them carefully.

Use of the Jisc Library Hub Cataloguing service

The Jisc Library Hub Cataloguing service includes data supplied by contributors to the National Bibliographic Knowledgebase (NBK). You may use the Web site and records contained in the Cataloguing service for non-commercial purposes only. If in doubt, please contact us through the help@jisc.ac.uk stating that your request relates to the Library Hub Cataloguing service.


Access to the Jisc Library Hub Cataloguing service is restricted to library staff in Jisc member institutions and other libraries contributing to the Jisc National Bibliographic Knowledgebase (NBK).

If you use the Library Hub Cataloguing service, you are responsible for maintaining the confidentiality of your password. You agree to accept responsibility for all activities that occur under your password. You should inform us immediately if you have any reason to believe that your password has become known to anyone else (other than members of library staff who are authorised to access the service), or if the password is being, or is likely to be, used in an unauthorised manner.

If you would like us to provide third party access to the Cataloguing service to support a cataloguing project you are undertaking, please contact us to discuss your requirements.

Jisc reserves the right to withdraw access to the service from any institution whose user account is linked to activities considered to be an abuse of the system, for example:

  • Sharing of user ids/passwords with other institutions
  • Denial of service or hacking attacks
  • Service degradation to other users caused by attempts to download the entire database

Requesting a login

Any Jisc member library or NBK contributing library can request an institutional login. This will enable simultaneous access for multiple library staff to use the Cataloguing service.

To ask for a login please contact us through the Jisc helpdesk help@jisc.ac.uk stating that your request relates to the Library Hub Cataloguing service.

Removal of a record

If you have concerns about any of the data included in the Library Hub Cataloguing database, please contact the Jisc Helpdesk immediately help@jisc.ac.uk, stating that your request relates to the Library Hub Cataloguing service.

To help us deal with your concern, please include the following information:

  • Your contact details, including your name, email address and daytime phone number
  • Sufficient detail to enable us the identify the records that are a cause for concern
  • The reason for your concern

We will review each record removal request and, pending enquiries, may suppress data from the Cataloguing database. We may contact other relevant organisations as part of this process.


Materials contained on this website and service are subject to copyright and other proprietary rights.

Please note that due to licensing and other data reuse restrictions, an institution’s whole catalogue may not be represented on the Cataloguing service.

The data accessible through the Cataloguing service is intended for library use only within eligible institutions. Any data retrieved from this service is not for commercial use. Libraries wishing to grant access, in future, to third parties for retroconversion or other cataloguing work should first contact us to discuss access arrangements.


Jisc accepts no responsibility for the consequences of error or for any loss or damage suffered by users of any of the information and material contained in this service and web site, or any site you may access through this site.

If you are aware of any errors within the web site, please contact the Jisc Helpdesk at help@jisc.ac.uk (please state that your enquiry is for the Library Hub team).

Creating the Cataloguing database

Which data is incuded?

The records in Library Hub Cataloguing currently come from our contributing libraries. However, there are some exclusions:

  • Records that are not supplied in MARC format
  • Records from systems that are not native MARC and require pre-processing
  • Records that are excluded because of licensing restrictions

There are also exclusions as a result of record quality issues:

  • Any record missing a 245 is suppressed
  • Any record missing an 008 is suppressed


We are in discussion regarding loading data from additional sources:

  • BNB
  • Library of Congress
  • ISSN

License restrictions

Data from some sources has licensing restrictions which mean it cannot be shared in MARC format. For each library there may also be records they have asked us to check for and suppress as a result of licensing concerns.

Privacy and cookies


Please see the Jisc privacy notice for information about how we manage personal data (at https://www.jisc.ac.uk/website/privacy-notice).

If you have any questions about this please email help@jisc.ac.uk.


Cookies are small text files that are stored by your web browser. They have a variety of uses including making web sites work more effectively and recording details of web site usage.

To find out more about cookies and how to manage them visit All About Cookies or AboutCookies.org. You will find information about how to manage cookies on the major web browsers.

Library Hub Cataloguing uses cookies for three main reasons:

  • To manage access to the service;
  • To provide support for your use of the web site;
  • To record general usage information to help us understand our users and ensure we are providing the right support. This allows us to ask questions such as: 'last month what proportion of Library Hub Cataloguing searchers used a mobile device such as an iPad?'

Details about Library Hub Cataloguing cookie use are given below.

Cookies for Access Management

This cookie is used on Library Hub Cataloguing to manage access to the service.

Cookie for Access Management
Name Purpose Expires
_shibsession Unique random number identifying a successful login.
This cookie is to determine whether the user is logged in via Single sign-on
Session (When the web browser is closed)

Cookies for Functionality

These cookies are used on Library Hub Discover to improve your website experience.

Cookies for Improving Web Site experience
Name Purpose Expires
SID Session ID:
Your session ID is recorded in a cookie. This ties together all the elements of your search session, within and between sessions, making the search process more efficient.
1 year
connect.sid This is required to manage your search session. Session (When the web browser is closed)
cookiebar This cookie is used to record your acknowledgement of our use of cookies 1 year
SSESS Allow the page to provide you with content
OCLC To recognise users that can access OCLC provenance records Session (When the web browser is closed)

Cookies for Measuring Website Usage (Matomo)

Library Hub Discover and Jisc use Matomo to gather information, which helps Jisc understand how the service is being used and identify areas for improvement. Matomo is an open-source analytics tool and an alternative to Google Analytics. You can find out more about Matomo on their website.

Details of general Jisc cookie use is given at https://www.jisc.ac.uk/website/cookies

Cookies for Measuring Website Usage (Matomo)
Name Purpose Expires
_pk_id Stores a few details about a user, such as the unique visitor ID. 13 months
_pk_ses A short-lived cookie that temporarily stores data for your visit. 30 mins
_pk_cvar A short-lived cookie that temporarily stores data for your visit. 30 mins
_pk_ref Used to store the attribution information, the referrer initially used to visit the website 6 months
_pk_testcookie Checks whether your browser supports cookies and should be directly deleted Created, then directly deleted
AWSALB Used to make sure Matomo can cope with unexpected traffic 7 days
AWSALBCORS Used to make sure Matomo can cope with unexpected traffic 7 days