The Government Publishing Office (GPO) makes its cataloging records available to libraries in several ways.
GPO managed resources
These resources are available to Federal depository libraries.
- Catalog of U.S. Government Publications (CGP)
- Cataloging Record Distribution Program (CRDP) (participant number is limited)
- GitHub Repositories
- Z39.50 (login required)
Vendor or membership services
These are commercial subscription or membership-based services.
If you’re aware of an additional service, please notify GPO through askGPO. Additionally, your library platform’s discovery layer, other bibliographic utilities, database vendors, and/or consortia may have GPO catalog records available to access or turn on. You may consult with your library’s systems librarian or library system vendor to learn more.
GPO managed resources
Catalog of U.S. Government Publications (CGP)
From the Catalog of U.S. Government Publications, you can send up to 20 catalog records per email. You may select from various email formats, including MARC tags, and various types of encodings. More about the processes for obtaining records from the CGP is described in the “Working with Results” section of the CGP help page.
CGP capabilities only available to Federal depository libraries are:
- Configuring personal preferences (for example, record sorting and record format).
- Creating and saving personal sets of records using “My Bookshelf - Folder Management.”
- Saving search results to a local computer.
- Receiving email and/or RSS alerts of recently added or updated records using Selective Dissemination of Information (SDI).
- Reviewing and updating personal Preferences and SDI profiles using the Library Card.
- Obtaining search results which include item numbers. These replace author in the brief search results display and in dynamic New Titles searches.
The New Titles page of the CGP offers lists of various types and formats of records, such as electronic resources, serials, and integrated resources, compiled in the previous week, two weeks, month, and three months. New electronic titles, in monthly archived files, are also available in a .csv format.
Cataloging Record Distribution Program (CRDP)
The Cataloging Record Distribution Program (CRDP) provides GPO produced catalog records to participating Federal depository libraries at no cost to the libraries.
GPO contracts with MARCIVE, Inc. for bibliographic record services for CRDP participants. MARCIVE personnel work with each participating library to develop a customized CRDP Profile with cataloging specifications and then provide monthly sets of catalog records for the libraries based on the profiles. Libraries add the records to their own library catalogs. They do not pay to participate, but participation is limited to available openings and there are some participation requirements.
In 2017, GPO launched the CGP on GitHub repository to post monthly files of new and changed bibliographic records in the CGP as well as additional focused catalog record collections. The records are available for downloading free of charge.
GitHub is a web-based computer source code sharing and publishing service. A GitHub account is not required for downloading the records and other resources from the repositories. Please see the “Obtaining Files” section in the instructions for more information.
Examples of catalog record repositories are:
- All CGP Records (MARC XML)
- CGP on GitHub
- Catalog of U.S. Government Publications (CGP) Records Maintenance Files
- U.S. Congressional Serial Set Project (MARC UTF-8)
- U.S. Congressional Serial Set Project (MARC XML)
- Customized records sets:
Z39.50 is an American National Standards Institute (ANSI)/ National Information Standards Organization (NISO) communications protocol. It is used to search and retrieve bibliographic records in online databases of library holdings. It also allows you to download bibliographic records in MARC format and load into your library’s bibliographical database at no cost. There is a limit of 10,000 records per download.
Vendor or membership services
MARCIVE, Inc. offers several subscription services, including ongoing subscriptions for brief and full GPO catalog records or collections of GPO records linking to full-text online resources. Other services include retrospective cataloging, smart barcodes and labels, and a catalog record database. See MARCIVE Enhanced GPO Database Service, Shipping List Service, Documents Without Shelves Standard Service, Documents Without Shelves for Law Libraries, and MarciveWeb DOCS. MARCIVE is also GPO’s contractor for the Cataloging Record Distribution Program.
OCLC, a global membership-based library cooperative, includes GPO catalog records. Member libraries may export GPO records from this system into your local catalog. OCLC also offers automated loading of government documents collections, using your Federal depository item selection profile and Collection Manager. Please note that when GPO catalogs large batches of records for a project, there is usually a delay between the time when the records are cataloged by GPO (and are in the CGP) and the time when they are available in OCLC.