At the National Library of Scotland we seek to develop positive relationships with publishers of all sizes. This page highlights a few services for publishers provided by us or by other organisations that you may find useful. If you have any questions about these services, or anything not listed here, please contact us.
Get an ISBN or ISSN for your publication
ISBNs and ISSNs are internationally recognised standard numbers used by the book trade, publishers and libraries for the identification of books and serials. ISBNs are used to identify editions of print books or eBooks. ISSNs are used for the identification of print or electronic journal titles, magazines and other serial publications issued in successive parts under a common title.
To request an ISBN or ISSN for your publication, please contact the appropriate agency below.
International Standard Book Numbers are assigned by:
The UK International Standard Book Numbering Agency
62 Goldsworth Road
The allocation of ISSNs for British serial publications is carried out by:
The ISSN UK Centre
Tel: 01937 546959
Fax: 01937 546562
There is no separate registration of ISBNs or ISSNs for books and journals in Scotland.
Cataloguing-in-publication Programme (CIP)
The Cataloguing-in-publication programme (CIP) provides libraries and the book trade with records of new and forthcoming books in advance of publication in the UK and Ireland.
This programme is operated for the British Library by Bibliographic Data Services Limited. For information, contact:
Publisher Liaison Department
Bibliographic Data Services Limited
Tel: 01387 702251
Fax: 01387 702259
Looking for images?
If you are looking for visual resources, it might be possible for us to supply a limited number of images for publication.
We are happy to help with this, and recommend that you check the pages on the site dealing with copying services, which includes digital imaging, and permission to reproduce. Fees charged for copying services are also online.