Field definition and scope:

Field 016 contains the control number, assigned by a national bibliographic agency other than the Library of Congress, of the related bibliographic record for which a separate holdings record is made.  This number is a record control number used in a national bibliographic agency system, rather than a number used for an entry in a national bibliography, field 015 (National Bibliography Number) of the MARC 21 Format for Bibliographic Data.

In separate holdings records distributed by the agency, the control number for the related bibliographic record is carried in field 004 (Control Number for Related Bibliographic Record).  An organization receiving a holdings record may transfer the control number for the related bibliographic record from field 004 to field 016 and place its own related bibliographic record control number in field 004.

See also field 010 (Library of Congress Control Number), field 014 (Linkage Number), and field 035 (System Control Number) for control numbers for related bibliographic records assigned by other sources.  See field 016 (National Bibliographic Agency Control Number) in the MARC 21 Format for Bibliographic Data for a detailed description of the structure of the Library and Archives Canada control number for bibliographic records.

Field 016 is repeatable.

Guidelines for applying content designators:

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




Field 016

National Bibliographic Agency Control Number






National bibliographic agency



Library and Archives Canada



Source specified in subfield $2






Undefined; contains a blank





Subfield code:




Record control number



Canceled or invalid record control number






Field link and sequence number


Content designator history:

First Indicator - National bibliographic agency

Value # - Library and Archives Canada  [renamed, 2004]:  Value # (National Library of Canada) was renamed Library and Archives Canada to reflect change in the institution's name.

Related MARC fields or documents:

004  Control Number for Related Bibliographic Record

010  Library of Congress Control Number

014  Linkage Number

035  System Control Number

MARC 21 Format for Bibliographic Data:

015  National Bibliography Number

016  National Bibliographic Agency Control Number

MARC Code List for Organizations

See also:

0XX  Number and Codes

Variable Data Fields