Q. Why are on-demand works out of scope for the Cataloging in Publication (CIP) Program?
Resources available to support the CIP Program are limited. Recognizing this constraint the CIP Program is limited to works most likely to be widely acquired by the nation's libraries. On-demand books are published in small numbers and are seldom widely acquired by the nation's libraries at the time of the initial print run. When an on-demand title is widely acquired by libraries, a catalog record is generally available from other libraries or networks such as OCLC. These works may also be eligible for the Preassigned Control Number Program.