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Self Publishing: the LCCN or Library of Congress Control Number

The LCCN or PCN is a number that is assigned to your book and appears on the copyright page. This is the reference number that is found on your book’s Library Catalog Card for location. This number is important if you are looking to sell your books to libraries and is best to apply for before your book is published so it can go on the copyright page.

Contact the Copyright Office at http://www.LOC.gov or http://www.copyright.gov

There is an application and account set up that needs to be done http://ecip.loc.gov/pls/ecip/pub_signon?system=pcn and http://pcn.loc.gov/pcn/pcn077.html

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Want to get your book into the Library Catalog? PCN or LCCN and Copyright links

The Library of Congress has a cataloging system… PCN and LCCN. There is an application to participate you’ll need to apply here http://www.loc.gov/publish/pcn/ You might want to take a look at this now so by the time your book is done you’ll have your numbers and be ready to go.

The below copy is taken from their home page. http://www.loc.gov/publish/pcn/

“A Library of Congress catalog control number is a unique identification number that the Library of Congress assigns to the catalog record created for each book in its cataloged collections. Librarians use it to locate a specific Library of Congress catalog record in the national databases and to order catalog cards from the Library of Congress or from commercial suppliers. The Library of Congress assigns this number while the book is being cataloged. Under certain circumstances, however, a control number can be assigned before the book is published through the Preassigned Control Number Program.”


If you need to copyright protect the material here are the links

For more information concerning the Copyright Office, go to ?http://www.copyright.gov/. T
o search copyright records, go to ?http://www.copyright.gov/records/. The mailing address is:

Library of Congress?Copyright Office
101 Independence Avenue, S.E.
Washington, D.C. 20559
Phone: (202) 707-3000
Email: copyinfo@loc.gov