Z39.50 is an international standard for communication between computer systems, primarily library and information-related systems. The Library catalogue can be searched using this protocol.
Accessing the Z39.50 server
- IP address: 188.8.131.52
- Port no: 210
- Database name = INNOPAC
- No username or password is needed.
What parts of Z39.50 are supported?
- Version 2 or version 3 of the Z39.50 protocol
- Query types 0 and 1
- Initialisation, Scan, Search and Present
- Result Set Naming
- Compliance with Level 0 in all three Functional Areas of the Bath Profile.
Bibliographic, item and holdings information is sent to Z39.50 clients when the Z39.50 server receives requests in the OPAC (OID 1.2.840.10003.5.102) or SUTRS (OID 1.2.840.10003.5.101) format. For the OPAC format, if the Z39.50 client specifies the value BRIEF for the element set, the Z39.50 server returns bibliographic and holdings information only.
- Resource Control
Records can be returned using MARC 21, SUTRS, XML or OPAC format. If no format is specified in the request sent to the server, the default of MARC 21 will be returned.
Record character set
Records use the ISO-8859-1 (Latin1) character set.
Details of supported attributes are below. Our Z39.50 server uses attribute checking, and will only accept search requests that contain supported attributes. If it receives a search request that contains unsupported attribute(s), the Z39.50 server will send the Z39.50 client a diagnostic message.
- Author (1003) - any author name, be it personal, corporate or conference.
- Personal name (1) - name in the author or subject fields.
- Corporate name (2) and Conference name (3) - corporation or conference as an author or subject of a work.
- Title (4), Title series (5), Title Uniform (6).
- Any (1016) and Anywhere (1035) - searches for the words in all the indexes.
- ISBN (7) - searches for International Standard Book Numbers.
- ISSN (8) - searches for International Standard Serial Numbers.
- Subject heading (21) - Library of Congress Subject Headings (LCSH).
- Subject heading (25) - Medical Subject Headings (MeSH).
All requests sent to the Z39.50 server must include a Use attribute.
Only value 3 (Equal) is supported. If this attribute is not included in the request or is set to 0, the Z39.50 server defaults to 3 (Equal).
Values 1 (First in field) and 3 (Any position in field) are supported. If this attribute is not included in the request or is set to 0, the Z39.50 server defaults to 1 (First in field).
The following are supported:
- Values 1 (Phrase)
- 2 (Word)
- 6 (Word list).
If this attribute is not included in the request or is set to 0, the Z39.50 server defaults to 1 (Phrase).
Values 1 (Right truncation) and 100 (No truncation) are supported.
If this attribute is not included in the request or is set to 0, the Z39.50 server defaults to 1 (Right truncation).
The Z39.50 server supports value 1 (Incomplete subfields). If this attribute is not included in the request or is set to 0, the Z39.50 server defaults to 1 (Incomplete subfields).
Searching and Boolean operators
The following Boolean operators are supported:
If the Z39.50 server is unable to perform the search, it sends a diagnostic message to the Z39.50 client. The Z39.50 server supports the diagnostic messages specified in the Bib-1 Diagnostics set. For information on these messages, consult the Bib-1 Diagnostics website.
Z39.50 searching using EndNote bibliographic software
An EndNote connection file has been created for searching our catalogue, and is available for download. This file was created by a library user, and we are unable to provide support in its use. However, any comments or corrections can be sent to the contact below and will be passed on to the file creator. The Wellcome Library does not actively promote use of EndNote or any other bibliographic software.
Right-click to save the EndNote connection file.
If you have any questions or comments about our Z39.50 server, please email the Library Systems Support team: SystemsStrategy@wellcome.ac.uk.