SUNCAT Updates

In order to act as an effective location service for serials held in the UK it is vital that SUNCAT is kept as current as possible. The SUNCAT team have worked with the Contributing Libraries to set up regular updates and almost all of the libraries are now in regular updating cycles. The table below summarises how updates are supplied to SUNCAT, the frequency of the update cycle and the date the last update was received by SUNCAT.

A small number of the Contributing Libraries are not yet supplying updates to SUNCAT. This may be because the team are still working with the Library to set up their updating cycle or it may be that the Library is currently unable to send regular updates. Where we have additional information we will supply this.

Type of update

Some Contributing libraries supply partial update files to SUNCAT which simply contain information about any changes to the library’s data since their last update, e.g. new serials’ records added, amendments and deletions. However, not all Library Management Systems are able to identify and supply these changes to SUNCAT and in these cases the library sends a full file of all their serials and this is used to replace the previous file on SUNCAT. Further details on supplying updates are available.


SUNCAT has negotiated updating schedules with contributing libraries on an individual basis. In the majority of cases libraries send updates monthly, a few send updates more frequently but SUNCAT generally only processes updates once per month. Some smaller libraries, which do not make a large number of changes to their serials’ data, send updates on a less frequent basis, quarterly or bi-annually.

Contributing Library Type of update Frequency of update Date of last update
Aberdeen University Full Quarterly 07-Jan-14
Aberystwyth University Full Monthly 12-Mar-14
Bath University Full Monthly 13-Dec-13
Birmingham University Partial Monthly 22-Oct-13
Bolton University Not yet updating Unknown  
Bradford University Partial Quarterly 24-Feb-14
Bristol University Partial Monthly 18-Mar-14
British Film Institute Not yet updating Unknown 04-Feb-10
British Library Partial Monthly 28-Mar-14
Brunel University unknown not yet updating 01-Mar-14
Cambridge University Partial Monthly 12-Mar-14
Cardiff University Full Monthly 25-Mar-14
City University London Full Unknown 19-Feb-14
CONSER Partial Weekly 09-Apr-14
Courtauld Institute of Art Partial Quarterly 11-Feb-14
Cranfield University Full Monthly 20-Mar-14
De Montfort University Full Unknown 07-Sep-12
Directory of Open Access Journals Full Monthly 10-Mar-14
Dundee University Full Monthly 01-Apr-14
Durham University Full Monthly 27-Feb-14
Edinburgh Napier University Partial Monthly 06-May-13
Edinburgh University Partial Monthly 25-Jan-14
Essex University Full Quarterly 04-Feb-14
Exeter University Full Monthly 04-Apr-14
Glasgow School of Art Unknown Not yet updating 22-Mar-13
Glasgow University Partial Monthly 06-Mar-14
Goldsmiths University of London Full Unknown 27-Mar-14
Hull University Full Bi-monthly 03-Feb-14
Imperial College, London Full Quarterly 03-Jun-13
Institution of Civil Engineers Full Semi-annually 16-Jan-14
Institution of Engineering and Technology Full Quarterly 11-Jul-11
ISSN Partial Monthly 13-Mar-14
Kent University Partial Monthly 01-Apr-14
King's College London Full Monthly 01-Apr-14
Kingston University Full Monthly 15-Nov-13
Lancaster University Full Semi-annually 08-May-12
Leeds University Full Quarterly 13-Nov-13
Leicester University Partial Monthly 06-Feb-14
Library of the Society of Friends Partial Annual 21-Jun-13
Liverpool University Partial Monthly 03-Mar-14
London Business School Full Monthly 13-Mar-14
London Metropolitan University Full Monthly 21-Mar-14
London School of Economics and Political Science Full Monthly 03-Apr-14
London School of Hygiene & Tropical Medicine Full Monthly 06-Feb-14
Loughborough University Partial Quarterly 28-Mar-14
Manchester Metropolitan University Full Quarterly 08-Jan-14
Manchester Public Libraries Full Closed until 2014  
Manchester University Partial Monthly 21-May-13
National Art Library Full Quarterly 04-Feb-14
National Institute for Medical Research Unknown Unknown not yet updating
National Library of Scotland Partial Monthly 04-Apr-14
National Library of Wales Partial Not yet updating  
National Museum Wales Full Quarterly 13-Dec-13
National Museums Scotland Not yet updating Unknown 28-Feb-14
NERC: Natural Environment Research Council Full Quarterly 03-Jan-14
Natural History Museum Full Monthly 25-Mar-14
Newcastle University Full Monthly 20-Mar-14
Nottingham University Partial Monthly 01-Apr-14
Open University Full Quarterly 20-Jan-14
Oxford University Partial Monthly 24-Mar-14
Queen Mary, University of London Full Monthly 15-Mar-14
Queen's University Belfast Partial Monthly 01-Apr-12
Reading University Full Quarterly 27-Jan-14
Robert Gordon University Full Monthly 01-Apr-14
Royal Asiatic Society Full Semi-annually 24-Mar-14
Royal Botanic Garden, Edinburgh Full Semi-annually 31-Jan-14
Royal Botanic Gardens, Kew Full Quarterly 01-Aug-13
Royal College of Music Partial Monthly 18-Mar-14
Royal College of Nursing Full Quarterly 06-Dec-13
Royal Geographical Society Partial Not yet updating 01-Apr-08
Royal Institute of British Architects Full Semi-annually 04-Nov-13
Royal Museums Greenwich Caird Library Partial Quarterly 18-Sep-13
Royal Society Full Semi-annually 24-Jan-14
Royal Society of Medicine Full Monthly 05-Mar-14
St Andrews University Partial Monthly 05-Mar-14
School of Oriental & African Studies, University of London Full Quarterly 13-Mar-14
Scottish National Gallery of Modern Art Library Full Semi-annually 16-Aug-13
Scottish National Gallery Research Library Full Semi-annually 21-Jan-14
Senate House Libraries, University of London Full Bi-monthly 01-Feb-13
Sheffield Hallam University Partial Bi-monthly 18-Mar-13
Sheffield University Partial Monthly 07-Jun-13
Society of Antiquaries of London Partial Quarterly 09-Dec-13
Southampton University Partial Weekly 06-Apr-14
Stirling University Full Monthly 28-Feb-13
Strathclyde University Full Monthly 21-Mar-14
Sussex University Partial Monthly 01-Apr-14
Swansea University Full Monthly 15-Mar-14
Tate Library (Tate Britain) Full Semi-annually 10-Mar-14
Trinity College Dublin Partial Monthly 13-Feb-14
University College London Full Monthly 07-Apr-14
University of East Anglia Full Semi-annually 17-Jan-14
University of the Arts London Full Quarterly 17-Jul-13
University of the West of England (UWE) Full Monthly 23-Mar-14
Warwick University Partial Semi-monthly 11-Mar-14
Wellcome Library Partial Quarterly 28-Jan-14
Wiener Library Full Semi-annually 11-Sep-13
Women's Library @ LSE Full Semi-annually 03-Apr-14
York University Partial Monthly 16-Aug-13
Zoological Society of London Full Quarterly 21-Mar-14