Key library functions that use metadata from national bibliographies include:

In addition, the following library groups and activities may also use national bibliographic metadata:

  • Reference librarians – acting on behalf of end-users.
  • Management of legal deposit activities – due to the close relationship between the national bibliographies and legal or voluntary deposit material.
  • Preservation librarians – can use national bibliographic metadata to determine new trends in publishing and plan preservation procedures accordingly
  • Digitisation management – national bibliographies can provide an overview of older materials that might be candidates for digitisation.