Accessing the National Art Library catalogues using a Z39.50 server

The National Art Library's Online Catalogue is available via a web interface and a Z39.50 server. Z39.50 is an international standard that enables computers and databases in different libraries to communicate with each other, regardless of the hardware and software in use in each library. This page gives some technical information for users wishing to search the catalogue using the Z39.50 method.

Z39.50 server information

Parent institutionVictoria and Albert Museum
Target institutionNational Art Library
Target institution web sitehttp://www.vam.ac.uk/nal
Databases availableCatalogue
Internet addresscatalogue.nal.vam.ac.uk
Z39.50 port210
Database softwareHorizon
39.50 Version3
Services supportedInit, Search, Present, Scan
Attribute setBib-1
Record typeMARC21
Use attributes (See table below)

Use attributes

Attribute name ValueNotes
Name: personal 1 All names, including names as subject
Name: corporate 2 Ditto
Name: conference 3 Ditto
Title 4 All titles, including series titles in keyword searches
Title-uniform 6 Prefer value 4
ISBN 7
ISSN 8
Control number: local 12NAL manuscript nos., inventory nos., etc.
Classification: local 20NAL pressmark
Subject 21 Library of Congress and NAL subject headings, excluding names
LC Subject headings 27 Library of Congress subject headings only
Subject: local 29 Library of Congress and NAL subject headings, excluding names
NAL Bibliographic record number 52
Identifier: local-call 53 NAL pressmark
Name: geographic 58 NAL local subject terms, including places
Place of publication 59
Note 63 MARC 5XX
Name 1002 All names, including names as subject
Author: name 1003 ditto
Author-name: personal 1004 ditto
Author-name: corporate 1005 ditto
Author-name: conference 1006 ditto
Identifier: standard 1007 ISBN/ISSN
Any 1016 General keyword index
Name: publisher 1018 MARC 260$b
NAL Barcode number 1062
Number: local-call-copy-specific 1063 NAL pressmark
DC-Title 1097 All titles, including series titles
DC-Creator 1098 All names, including names as subject
DC-Subject 1099 NAL local subject terms, excluding names
DC-Publisher 1101 MARC 260$b
DC-Other contributor 1106 All names, including names as subject
Sale catalogue title 5004
Sale catalogue keywords 5016 Includes auction house names, sale titles and sale dates. For the dates, the format is YYYYMMDD (e.g. 19971102). Some entries have start and end dates (YYYYMMDD YYYYMMDD). For best results use an asterisk as a truncation symbol (eg. 19971102* christie*).
Sale catalogue place 5059 Place of sale, or publication place
Sale catalogue name 5102 Auction house names, plus some former owners

Further information

For a list of other UK library catalogues available using Z39.50, see the UK Z39.50 directory. For more information about Z39.50 itself, see the pages maintained by the Z39.50 Maintenance Agency.

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