Field definition and scope:

Field 880 contains the fully content-designated alternate graphic representation of another field in the same record.  Field 880 is linked to the associated regular field by subfield $6 (Linkage).  A subfield $6 in the associated field also links that field to the 880 field.  (Field 880 and the associated field both contain a subfield $6 (Linkage).)

When an associated field does not exist in the record, field 880 is constructed as if it did and a reserved occurrence number (00) is used to indicate the special situation.

The data in field 880 may be in more than one script.

Descriptions of models for and examples of multiscript records are contained in Appendix C; description of subfield $6 is in Appendix A; specifications for character sets and repertoires for scripts are found in MARC 21 Specifications for Record Structure, Character Sets, and Exchange Media.

Field 880 is repeatable.

Guidelines for applying content designators:

For indicator and subfield code definitions and examples, and designator repeatability, see table below:




Field 880

Alternate Graphic Representation






Same as associated field



Same as associated field





Subfield code:






$0-5, 7-9

Same as associated field



See:  Full record examples for this field are in Appendix C.

Related MARC fields or documents:

066  Character Sets Present

All sections for MARC access fields in which subfield $6 is defined.

MARC 21 Specifications for Record Structure, Character Sets, and Exchange Media

See also:

8XX  Other Variable Fields

Variable Data Fields