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Pre-Assigned Control Number (PCN) Program

Applying for a control number from the Library of Congress is now easier and a lot less confusing through Bookwhirl's Pre-assigned Control Number program.

Through this FREE service, helps authors to get pre-assigned control numbers for their books from the Library of Congress. The PCN facilitates in cataloging and other book processing activities as it plays a crucial role in linking these books to the records created and maintained by the Library of Congress, other libraries, bibliographic utilities, or book vendors.

Only publishers based in the U.S. are eligible to apply for a PCN. These publishers must be able to list a U.S. location as a place of publication on the title page or copyright page of their books. They are also required to maintain a U.S.-based editorial office that can answer important bibliographic queries. Furthermore, all monographs that are published in the United States are eligible, provided that they do not fall under the following ineligible categories:

  • Books that have already been published
  • Books that have not been published in a U.S. location, as seen on its title page or copyright page
  • Books for which Cataloging in Publication data has been (or will be) requested
  • E-Books (i.e. books published in electronic format)
  • Serials
  • Custom Editions
  • Items under 50 pages except for genealogies, children's literature, and catalog exhibitions submitted by museums and art galleries
  • Textbooks below college level
  • Items not intended for wide distribution to libraries
  • Religious instructional materials
  • Expendable educational materials
  • Transitory consumable materials
  • Translations except Spanish
  • Mass market paperbacks
  • Single articles reprinted from periodicals and other serials
  • Audiovisual materials including mixed media and computer software
  • Music scores
  • Most microforms

Make your life as an author less hassle-free with the FREE PCN Program.

How It Works:

  1. Fill up PCN Program OF and submit with the subject line: Application for PCN.
  2. will process the application at the Library of Congress.
  3. Author will be contacted once the PCN is available.
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