ISBN allocation

ISBN's and Bibliothèque et Archives nationales du Québec

The ISBN (International Standard Book Number) is an international numbering system standard for books, under which a digital code is used to identify each title or edition of a title issued by a same publisher. ISBNs facilitate the various management operations of all parties in the book field (libraries, bookstores, publishing houses, distributors, etc.) and constitute accurate search keys that are useful for locating publications in data banks.

Bibliothèque et Archives nationales du Québec (BAnQ) acts as an official representative of the Agence francophone pour la numérotation internationale du livre with Canadian French-language publishers. It assigns an ISBN with the identifier 2, signifying the French-language group, to all publishers who apply for one and sends them, free of charge, a block of numbers corresponding to their needs. It also coordinates the assignment of ISBNs reserved for Québec government departments and agencies.

In addition to assigning ISBNs, BAnQ also keeps an address list of participating publishers. The regularly updated Bottin des éditeurs francophones canadiens, is available online, free of charge. Canadian French-language publishers already registered can send in notifications of any change in their contact information by email.

To learn more about the ISBN system, its benefits for publishers, the types of materials covered and the rules for assigning ISBNs, read the ISBN's users' manual [PDF file - 2.23 MB - in French only] or contact BAnQ's ISBN agency.

ISBN request application

Requests must be made through the extranet. This site will also allow you to manage your ISBNs online.

Publishers registered in the extranet
Publishers not registered in the extranet - Once BAnQ validates your registration, you will receive access codes for the extranet, through which you'll be able to submit ISBN requests.

You can access the extranet with the following browsers:

  • Firefox 20 and newer versions (recommended browser)
  • Internet Explorer 7 and newer versions 
  • Google Chrome 

Guide des fonctionnalités liées à la gestion de vos ISBN dans l’extranet (in French only) - Government departments and agencies  
Guide des fonctionnalités liées à la gestion de vos ISBN dans l'extranet (in French only) - Private sector   

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Contacting the ISBN agency

Telephone:

  • Montréal region: : 514 873-1101, ext. 3785
  • Other regions in Québec : 1 800 363-9028, ext. 3785

Fax: 514 873-4310

Email:

Mailing address:

Agence ISBN
Bibliothèque et Archives nationales du Québec
2275, rue Holt
Montréal (Québec) H2G 3H1

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