Recording Dates in the 260 Field

Publication date present | Publication date not present

Below is a summary, in table form, of the former instructions for recording and supplying date information in the 260 field of MARC bibliographic records according to AACR2 and LCRI; this summary is not intended for DCRM cataloging. Publication dates, copyright dates, printing dates, and combinations thereof are all addressed below.

Follow the guidelines on when to create separate records for different printings of the same edition. Occasionally a curator will request exceptions to these guidelines.

See the Recording dates in the 264 fields for instructions on recording or suppling date information in field 264 according to RDA and LC-PCC PS.

When a publication date is present on the item

Situation Publication Date Copyright Date Printing Date Record in 260
Publication date matches copyright date 1990 c1990 ____ 1990

Record publication date only

Publication date matches printing date 1990 ____ 1990 printing 1990

Record publication date only

Publication date later than copyright date 1990 c1989 ____ if book or serial: 1990

Record publication date only; cf. LCRI 1.4F5
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if other format: 1990, c1989

Record both dates; cf. LCRI 1.4F5

Publication date later than printing date 1990 ____ 1989 printing 1990

Record publication date only; a local decision, as the LCRI is not entirely clear

Publication date earlier than copyright date 1990 c1991 ____ if book or serial: 1990

Record publication date only; cf. LCRI 1.4F5
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if other format: 1990, c1991

Record both dates; cf. LCRI 1.4F5

Publication date earlier than printing date 1990 ____ 1991 printing if first printing: 1990 [i.e. 1991]

Record corrected publication date; cf. LCRI 1.4F2
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Separate records

if later printing: 1990 (1991 printing)

Record both dates, a local decision;
LC practice is to revise once first printing is received; cf. LCRI 1.4G4 "LC practice", but BRBL does not follow LC when creating separate records for later printings

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One record

if later printing: 1990

Record only publication date; BRBL follows LC practice to revise once first printing is received; cf. LCRI 1.4G4 "LC practice"

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When a publication date is not present on the item

Situation Publication Date Copyright Date Printing Date Record or supply in 260
Copyright date only ____ c1990 ____ c1990

Record copyright date; ignore copyright renewal dates for works first copyrighted before 1978; if the copyright dates vary, give the latest date for works copyrighted after 1977; cf. LCRI 1.4F6

Printing date only ____ ____ 1990 printing if first printing: [1990]

Record date of printing in brackets as the implied publication date; cf. LCRI 1.4F6
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Separate records

if later printing: 1990 printing

Record printing date, a local decision;
the LC practice is to revise once first printing is received; cf. LCRI 1.4F6, but BRBL does not follow LC
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One record

if later printing, record date of 1st printing

Record date of 1st printing; BRBL follows
the LC practice to revise once first printing is received; cf. LCRI 1.4F6

Copyright date matches printing date ____ c1990 1990 printing c1990

Record copyright date only; cf. LCRI 1.4F6

Copyright date later than printing date ____ c1990 1989 printing c1990

Record copyright date only; a local decision, as the LCRI is not entirely clear

Copyright date earlier than printing date ____ c1980 1991 printing if first printing: [1991]

Record date of printing in brackets as the implied publication date; a local decision, as the LCRI is not entirely clear
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Separate records

if later printing:c1980 (1991 printing)

Record both dates for all printings, a local decision;
the LC practices is to revise once first printing is received; cf. LCRI 1.4F6 & LCRI 1.4G4 "LC practice", but BRBL does not follow LC


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One record

if later printing:c1980

Record only the copyright date; BRBL follows the LC practices to revise once first printing is received; cf. LCRI 1.4F6 & LCRI 1.4G4 "LC practice"

Copyright date or printing date differs significantly from approximate date of publication ____ c1949 _____ [1982?], c1949

Supply approximate date of publication in square brackets before recordd date; cf. LCRI 1.4F7

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