For Librarians

Retrieve MARC Records

There are two methods of obtaining MARC Records for Cambridge Books Online:

1. Cambridge Books Online provides MARC records free of charge for all titles in the collections. You may download a MARC21 format file (.mrc) containing records of all titles available on the platform, or you may download a MARC21 format file (.mrc) containing only those titles to which your institution has purchased access or has active Limited Trial access. To download records only for purchased books, use the Order ID option or date ranges to exclude your Limited Trial records.

You can also download a single MARC record for The Cambridge Edition of the Works of Ben Jonson Online by clicking here.

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MARC record reader software such as MarcEdit will be required to add these files to your library system.

You can also apply and save batch edits to your MARC records prior to downloading by logging in as Account Administrator and visiting the MARC Preferences page.

2. You may also download OCLC MARC Records in one of two ways.

A. Use the options below to locate the OCLC Control Number (OCN) and the batch processing capabilities of OCLC Connexion or OCLC CatExpress software to process and upload the relevant titles to your catalogue. You can download a full list of OCNs available, a list of OCNs according to your Order ID or a custom list according to a list of ISBNs.


B. You may also download MARC records as sets, from OCLC WorldShare Collection Manager.

If your library is not a current Collection Manager user, please click on the link below to request access to the Cambridge Collections.

If your library is already a Collection Manager user, please click on the link below and follow the instructions listed for Cambridge.

Beginning September 1, 2013, OCLC will begin creating WorldCat records for Cambridge University Press titles using the RDA standard. This change is in alignment with OCLC's decision to adopt and support the RDA standard in WorldCat. There is no need for customers already receiving records via WorldCat to make changes to their record delivery profile, and records will continue to be delivered as they are presently.

To help with questions, a Frequently Asked Questions (FAQ) document is attached. If there are any additional questions regarding the receipt of records created via the RDA standard, please contact OCLC at