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What is an ISBN? Where do I get an ISBN?

What is an ISBN?


The International Standard Book Number (ISBN) is a 10 or 13 digit number that uniquely identifies books and book-like products published internationally.  On newer titles, they are often the barcode on the cover. Newer ISBNs start with '978'.

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Applying for an ISBN (materials published by SFU):

The SFU Library supplies ISBNs for materials published by SFU. Contact us at for more information and/or to get an ISBN.