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Can I search the library catalog by ISBN number?

Last Updated: May 04, 2011  |  111 Views
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Yes, you can search the MCPL catalog by ISBN number, using the ISBN as a keyword.

However, we wouldn't necessarily recommend that kind of search.  Books are often issued in multiple formats (hardback, trade paperback, mass paperback, large print, audio, etc.) and each format (rather than each title) gets its own ISBN.  Thus, you may look for the hardback ISBN, but find nothing, despite the fact that the library system has the paperback.  Also, ISBN's transitioned from a 10-digit system to a 13-digit system a couple of years ago, and books sometimes have both.  You may not be trying to search with the same ISBN as the one our catalog displays.

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