SWIFT Special Materials & Procedures
Cataloging Practices Manual [CPM-678]


AACR2 defines reprints as:

Reprint: 1. A new printing of an item made from the original type image, commonly by photographic methods. The reprint may reproduce the original exactly (an impression) or it may contain minor but well-defined variations (an issue). 2. A new edition with substantially unchanged text.

Facsimile reproduction (a type of reprint): A reproduction simulating the physical appearance of the original in addition to reproducing its content exactly.

Photocopies are a category of reprints that follow different procedures because they are considered unpublished. The Library of Congress Rule Interpretation (LCRI) says that the cataloging record should describe the original with details of the reproduction in MARC field 533.

Photocopies are defined as single or on-demand reproductions of previously published materials often made for preservation purposes. The most common examples are the UMI photocopies produced on demand or preservation photocopies .


Reprints are cataloged as new published manifestations and usually have new ISBNs. They should be ordered and cataloged on new records. Do not add reprints as new holdings on the record for the original edition.

Exception: If the reprint represents one volume of a multivolume set, consult a supervisor whether to create a new record or add to the existing holdings record

The catalog record (including the fixed fields) should reflect the reprint. Information about the original is given in a note field. The date code (008/06) in the fixed field should be r (reprint), with Date 1 representing the reprint and Date 2 representing the original.

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