Cataloguing a braille book

Lilian's library life

Warning: most of this post is probably only of interest to cataloguers, if it is of interest to anyone…

I catalogued a braille book for the first time yesterday. As far as I know, it’s the only braille item we have in the library. As I had no idea how to catalogue a braille item I did what all good librarians do and looked it up. I found a blog post about it, which led me to the webpages of the National Library Service for the Blind and Physically Handicapped (NLS), part of the Library of Congress.*

I found the link to their union catalogue, so I had a look at a couple of records. It turns you just need to add [braille] in the ‘h’ subfield in the 245, and in the ‘a’ subfield of the 300 field you put 1 v. of braille (or however many volumes…

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