On October 1, 2015, the Library of Congress Cataloging in Publication (CIP) Program implemented a completely revised layout of the CIP Data Block.  The CIP Data Block is the Library-of-Congress-created bibliographic data that appears on the copyright page (usually the verso of the title page of print books) thereby facilitating book processing for libraries and book dealers.

The new CIP Data Block has numerous changes from the previous version, including:  the use of labels to clearly identify the different components within the block; addition of subject headings and classifications from more thesauri; inclusion of print and electronic data elements into one combined layout; and a URL that if typed into a web browser links directly to the Library of Congress catalog for easy retrieval of the publication's bibliographic record.

Since the new layout has been in use for over a year, the CIP Program is interested in learning your opinions of the layout.

This short survey has questions that will assist us in determining whether the new CIP Data Block has proven useful for your needs, and whether further changes should be made to the data block.

You can access the survey at the following URL:


The CIP Program appreciates your willingness to complete the survey, and will get back to you with results of the survey after we have had the opportunity to assess the responses.  We would like your responses by January 31st, 2017.

Thank you,

Library of Congress Cataloging in Publication Program



Karl E. Debus-López

Chief, U.S. Programs, Law, and Literature Division

Acquisitions and Bibliographic Access Directorate

The Library of Congress

101 Independence Ave. S.E., LM-501

Washington, D.C. 20540-4280

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Phone: (202) 707-6641

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