Z39.50 is a net­work pro­to­col that allows you to query remo­te data­ba­ses and retrie­ve results in various biblio­gra­phic for­mats. Z39.50 is often used by biblio­gra­phic manage­ment pro­grams such as End­No­te, Cita­vi, Libra­ry­Thing. Lear­ning manage­ment sys­tems such as Stud.IP use the biblio­gra­phic data to build biblio­gra­phic lists.

Formats offered by UB Leipzig

The fol­lo­wing table lists the available out­put formats:

For­mat Name Descrip­ti­on
marc21 MARC21 MARC data
dc Dub­lin Core Dub­lin Core
marcxml MARC-XML MARC data in XML

General settings

The fol­lo­wing table lists the gene­ral settings:

Base URL https://sru.finc.info
Data­ba­se de15
Port 210

Search attribute

The BIB‑1 attri­bu­te “Use attri­bu­tes (type = 1)” is sup­port­ed during the search.

Search attri­bu­tes (use 1=)

The fol­lo­wing table lists available search attributes:

Value Mea­ning
1010 arbi­tra­ry
1004 Aut­hor, creator
4 Title
3 Con­fe­rence
2 Cor­po­ra­ti­on
21 Sub­ject
31 Date
1018 Publisher
8577 VD Num­ber


You can access the ser­vice at sru.finc.info. You can query the UBL lite­ra­tu­re data­ba­se via Z39.50 by using https://sru.finc.info:210/de15 as host address.

Exam­p­le of a search ses­si­on using yaz-cli­ent; the key­word “Basics” is sear­ched for in the title index of the data­ba­se “de15”, dis­play of the first hit in MARC21 format:

Z> open sru.finc.info:210/de15
Sent initrequest.
Connection accepted by v3 target.
ID     : 81
Name   : Metaproxy/YAZ
Version: 1.17.1/5.28.0 0037f7c30d59eaea44fcc40c237641784c50b582
Options: search present scan namedResultSets
Z> f @attr 1=4 Basics
Sent searchRequest.
Received SearchResponse.
Search was a success.
Number of hits: 26433, setno 1
records returned: 0
Elapsed: 0.062457
Z> show 1
Sent presentRequest (1+1).
Records: 1
[de15]Record type: USmarc
001 9783486830644
003 DE-15
005 20200103123830.3
008 200103q2015####xx|||||||||||||||||und#c
020 ## $a 9783486830644
020 ## $a 9783110637939
041 ## $a German
084 ## $a No subject assigned $2 University Library Leipzig
245 00 $a Basics /
250 ## $a Reprint 2014
260 ## $a Berlin ;
260 ## $a Boston :
260 ## $b Oldenbourg Wissenschaftsverlag,
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