Jan 262015

We are very pleased that SUNCAT has just added its 100th Contributing Library, the National Archives. Reaching 100 Contributing Libraries is a landmark for SUNCAT highlighting it as the most comprehensive source of journal holding information in the UK. SUNCAT contains the holdings of all the UK legal deposit libraries:

• British Library
• National Library of Scotland
• National Library of Wales
• Trinity College, Dublin
• University of Cambridge
• University of Oxford

In addition, it has over 50 Higher Education Libraries from across England, Northern Ireland, Scotland and Wales, including all those of the Russell Group.

SUNCAT also has a range of specialist libraries covering a wide variety of disciplines including art; music; history; medicine; science; horticulture and the environment.

By incorporating information from all these libraries SUNCAT can help you uncover new or unique journals in a particular field, help you locate copies held closest to you or where you can apply for a copy of an article. The service can also highlight those journals which are widely held and more importantly where the one or two copies of more unusual titles are available.

We would like to take this opportunity to thank all our Contributors for working with us to keep SUNCAT as comprehensive, accurate and current as possible!

To find out more information and directions to all the locations of each of the 100 Contributing Libraries click on the library locations map.

We are not stopping at 100 libraries and are keen to add more UK Higher Education, Specialist and Public Libraries, so if you are interested in contributing please see the earlier Contributing to SUNCAT is easy post.

For further information and news about SUNCAT please see our website, follow SUNCAT on Twitter (@suncatteam), or contact the EDINA helpdesk at edina@ed.ac.uk.

Jan 142015

SUNCAT contains the serials bibliographic and holdings information of 100 UK libraries and we are continuing to expand.

Our Contributing Libraries include:

  • The British Library, National Libraries of Scotland and Wales, Trinity College Dublin
  • A range of UK Higher Education institutions, including the Universities of Oxford, Cambridge, Edinburgh, Manchester, Imperial College London, University College London and the London School of Economics & Political Science
  • A range of specialist institutions, including the British Film Institute, the Institution of Engineering & Technology, the National Institute for Medical Research, the Natural Environment Research Council and the National Art Library
  • One public library so far

We are always happy to hear from institutions interesting in contributing their serials information and would like to reassure you that the process is pretty simple. All we would ask you to do is:

  • Fill in a questionnaire about your serials data
  • Send us a file of your serials bibliographic and holdings records
  • Send us regular (normally monthly) update files to keep the information on SUNCAT as current as possible
  • Add some links to and information about SUNCAT to your website (and we have a leaflet with some suggestions)

More information is available on our website

Benefits of contributing to the service include:

If you are interested in contributing please get in touch with us via the EDINA Helpdesk at edina@ed.ac.uk – you might become our 101st Contributing Library!


Feb 112010

Two of SUNCAT’s Contributing Libraries are closed (or to be closed) for major refurbishment. The Royal Society’s Library and Archives are currently closed for renovation and will be re-launched in mid-2010 as the Royal Society Centre for the History of Science. As a result there is no access to its collections until at least June 2010.
Manchester Central Library will be closing in July 2010, due to re-open in 2013. The Central Library has to be completely emptied before work can begin and the stock (more than 22 miles of shelving) put into storage for the duration of the closure. The library will close in phases and the last department leaves the building by mid-June. An interim city centre library will be provided for the duration of the refurbishment period commencing Spring 2010. Stock from the Central Library will not be accessible during the closure period.

SUNCAT is the Serials Union Catalogue for the UK. Visit the service at http://www.suncat.ac.uk or the SUNCAT blog at http://suncatblog.blogspot.com
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Aug 142008

SUNCAT has just released a second parallel downloading service to complement the initial pilot service introduced last year. Contributing Libraries can continue to access the CONSER only records with their existing connection and configuration, but may now replace this, or add a second connection to the new service, which contains both CONSER and ISSN records and will gradually expand to include Contributing Libraries’ MARC records. The CONSER only database will be maintained to provide libraries with quick and easy access to these high quality records, with the second service providing a more comprehensive coverage of records.

There is no charge for these services, Contributing Libraries can simply visit http://www.suncat.ac.uk/support/z-target-auth.shtml for details on how to set up the Z39.50 connection and start downloading records.

CONSER is the cooperative online serials cataloguing programme coordinated by the US Library of Congress. There are over one million high quality CONSER records on SUNCAT, with particularly strong coverage in current STM titles.

Each ISSN assigned to a serial publication is registered in the ISSN Register and with over one million ISSN numbers assigned, this database is one of the most comprehensive and authoritative sources for the identification of serial publications world-wide.

The facility is only available to SUNCAT Contributing Libraries and therefore a username and password is required to set up the connection. These details remain the same as for the pilot service and have already been sent to the primary SUNCAT contacts at each Contributing Library.

Contributing Libraries should contact the EDINA helpdesk at edina@ed.ac.uk if they need a reminder of their username/password, experience any problems setting up or using the service or have comments about the service.

SUNCAT is the Serials Union Catalogue for the UK. Visit the service at http://www.suncat.ac.uk.
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