Field definition and scope:

Field 340 contains physical description information for an item that requires technical equipment for its use, and/or more granular description information of an item's material properties to facilitate access and discovery or to support collection management.

Coded physical information is contained in field 007 (Physical Description Fixed Field).  The field is repeated for each subfield $3 (Materials specified).

The National level record requirement for this field is Mandatory if applicable.

Field 340 is repeatable.

Guidelines for applying content designators:

For indicator and subfield code definitions and examples, National-level (NLR) and Minimal-level (MLR) record requirements, and designator repeatability, see table below:

Position

Description

NLR

MLR

Repeatability

Field 340

Physical Medium

A

O

R

Indicator:

 

 

 

 

First

Undefined; contains a blank

M

 

 

Second

Undefined; contains a blank

M

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Subfield code:

 

 

 

 

$a

Material base and configuration

A

O

R

$b

Dimensions

A

O

R

$c

Materials applied to surface

A

O

R

$d

Information recording technique

A

O

R

$e

Support

A

O

R

$f

Production rate/ratio

A

O

R

$g

Color content

A

O

R

$h

Location within medium

A

O

R

$i

Technical specifications of medium

A

O

R

$j

Generation

A

O

R

$k

Layout

A

O

R

$m

Book format

A

O

R

$n

Font size

A

O

R

$o

Polarity

A

O

R

$0

Authority record control number or standard number

O

O

R

$2

Source

M

O

NR

$3

Materials specified

O

O

NR

$6

Linkage

A

O

NR

$8

Field link and sequence number

O

O

R

Input conventions:

Punctuation

Capitalization

Content designator history:

Subfield $g - Color content  [new, 2017]

Subfield $j  - Generation  [new, 2011]

Subfield $k - Layout  [new, 2011]

Subfield $m - Book format  [new, 2011]

Subfield $n - Font size  [new, 2011]

Subfield $o - Polarity  [new, 2011]

Subfield $0 - Authority record control number or standard number  [new, 2011]

Subfield $2 - Source  [new, 2011]

Related MARC fields or documents:

007  Physical Description Fixed Field

880  Alternate Graphic Representation

RDA in MARC Bibliographic Data

See also:

3XX  Physical Description, Etc. Fields

Variable Data Fields