How Do I Purchase a Library of Congress Number For My Book?
Obtaining an LOC# for your book is quite easy. The LOC# is issued prior to publication, and is for books intended for distribution to libraries. It’s called the Preassigned Control Number (PCN) and may be requested simply by visiting http://pcn.loc.gov. You will be required to create an account, which is easy. Then, you simply request the LOC# (PCN#) by submitting the one-page application. Typically your number will arrive in your email inbox within ten days, but usually only takes a couple of days. Make sure you or your Publisher places the Library of Congress # on the Copyright page of your book. Once the book is printed, one complimentary copy needs to be mailed to the Library of Congress.
Library of Congress
US Programs, aw, and Literature Division
Cataloging in Publication Program
100 Independence Avenues, S.E.
Washington, DC. 20540-4283
There are no fees for participating in the PCN program. The LOC# is FREE! While all books aren’t eligible for the program, you can find out if your book qualifies by visiting the PCN website.
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