The MARC 21 Format for Holdings Data: Including Guidelines for Content Designation, defines the codes and conventions (tags, indicators, subfield codes, and coded values) that identify the data elements in MARC holdings reports for serial and nonserial items.  The content of most of the data elements and their display may be determined by the ANSI standard for holdings statements, Holdings Statements for Bibliographic Items (ANSI/NISO Z39.71) (formerly Serial Holdings Statements (ANSI Z39.44)) or Holdings Statements for Non-Serial Items (ANSI/NISO Z39.57).  The corresponding international standard (only for summary level holdings) is Holdings Statements--Summary Level (ISO 10324).  Other MARC 21 Holdings content designators allow the potential of using the format to interface with such automated control systems as union catalog, serials check-in, and interlibrary loan systems.  A comparison of the data elements in the ANSI and ISO standards and the content designators defined in the MARC 21 Format for Holdings Data is in Appendix D.

The MARC 21 Format for Holdings Data is intended for the use of personnel involved in the creation and maintenance of MARC holdings information, as well as those involved in the design and maintenance of systems for the communication and processing of MARC holdings information.  A glossary of terms used by the Z39 holdings statement standards and in MARC 21 Holdings is in Appendix E.

Note:  For information that is common to all five of the MARC formats, see:  MARC 21 Formats.

For information about the Holdings Data Format, select:

General Information

Elements of a MARC Record

Scope of the Holdings Format

Holdings Data Fields

Separate and Embedded Holdings Information

Separate Holdings Records

Embedded Holdings Information

Compression and Expansion

Components of a MARC Record

Components of a Separate Holdings Record

Content Designators

Obsolete Content Designators

Character Sets

Multiscript Records  (Alternate Graphics)

Field and Subfield Repeatability

Field Linking

Fill Character and Related Values

Display Constants

Record Content Responsibility  (Responsible Parties Rule)

Record Level Requirements

Organization of the MARC Format Documents

Organization of the Holdings Format Document

Main parts

General Information sections

Components of the detailed descriptions

Typographical Conventions

Standards and Other Documents Related to This Format

National and International Standards

MARC Standards

Other Related Publications

Superseded Documentation

Documentation Maintenance

See also:

MARC 21 Format for Holdings Data:  Contents