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Dear Ted,  

Can you please help me to understand the "Library of Congress Catalog Card Number"

For example, I have a book that states the following:

Library of Congress Catalog Card Number:  70-123926

Does this mean that this book was published in 1970?

Is there any significance to the "123926" part of this Catalog Card Number?

Thank you!!

Sincerely,

Rich

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Dear Rich:

70-123926 is the CONTROL number for the book.  In short, it was book #123926 that the Library of Congress received in 1970.

It is NOT the "catalog number."  

See the explanation here:

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Library_of_Congress_Control_Number

Ted

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