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 01-Apr-16
Aberystwyth University Full Quarterly 01-Jul-16
Bath University Full Monthly 21-Dec-15
Birmingham University Partial Monthly 22-Oct-13
Bolton University Full Semi-annual 25-Aug-14
Bradford University Partial Quarterly 05-May-16
Bristol University Partial Monthly 13-Jul-16
British Film Institute Not yet updating Unknown 04-Feb-10
British Library Partial Weekly 28-Jul-16
British Museum Library Full Tri-monthly 06-Ju1-16
Brunel University Full Monthly 01-Jul-16
Cambridge University Partial Monthly 13-Jul-16
Cardiff University Full Monthly 17-Dec-15
City University London Full Quarterly 17-Feb-16
CONSER Partial Weekly 27-Jul-16
Courtauld Institute of Art Partial Quarterly 27-May-16
Cranfield University Full Monthly 20-Jun-16
De Montfort University Full Monthly 20-Jul-16
Directory of Open Access Journals Full Monthly 22-Jul-16
Dundee University Full Monthly 30-May-16
Durham University Full Monthly 19-Nov-15
Edinburgh Napier University Partial Monthly 01-Jul-16
Edinburgh University Partial Monthly 12-Nov-15
Essex University Full Quarterly 26-May-16
Exeter University Full Monthly 01-Jul-16
Glasgow School of Art Full Three times a year 04-Nov-15
Glasgow University Partial Monthly 12-Jul-16
Goldsmiths University of London Full Quarterly 29-Oct-15
Hull University Full Bi-monthly 07-Jan-16
Imperial College, London Full Quarterly 01-Jul-16
Institute of Cancer Research Full Quarterly 08-Apr-15
Institution of Civil Engineers Full Semi-annually 01-Mar-16
Institution of Engineering and Technology Full Quarterly 15-Jun-16
ISSN Partial Monthly 14-Jul-16
Kent University Partial Monthly 01-Jul-16
King's College London Full Monthly 01-Jul-16
Kingston University Full Monthly 15-Nov-13
Lancaster University Full Semi-annually 08-May-12
Leeds University Full Quarterly 21-Jun-16
Leicester University Partial Monthly 01-Feb-16
Liverpool University Partial Bi-monthly 26-Oct-15
London Business School Full Monthly 04-Jul-16
The London Library Partial Monthly 28-Jun-16
London Metropolitan University Full Monthly 29-Jun-16
London School of Economics and Political Science Full Monthly 01-Jul-16
London School of Hygiene & Tropical Medicine Full Quarterly 05-Jul-16
Loughborough University Partial Quarterly 17-Jun-16
Manchester Metropolitan University Full Quarterly 14-Apr-16
Manchester Central Library Full Quarterly 06-May-16
Manchester University Partial Monthly 01-Jul-16
National Archives Full Monthly 01-Jul-16
National Art Library Full Quarterly 01-Apr-16
National Coal Mining Museum for England Full Semi-Annual 01-Jul-16
National Institute for Medical Research Unknown Unknown 18-May-09
National Library of Scotland Partial Monthly 01-Jul-16
National Library of Wales Partial Not yet updating 08-May-04
National Museum Wales Full Quarterly 21-Aug-15
National Museums Scotland Full Twice yearly 06-Jun-16
NERC: Natural Environment Research Council Full Quarterly 06-Jun-16
Natural History Museum Partial Monthly 01-Jul-16
Newcastle University Full Monthly 28-Jul-15
Nottingham University Partial Monthly 05-Jul-16
Open University Full Quarterly 01-Jul-16
Oxford University Partial Monthly 22-Jun-16
Paul Mellon Centre for Studies in British Art Not yet updating Unknown 06-May-15
Queen Margaret University Full Semi-annually 06-Nov-15
Queen Mary, University of London Full Monthly 11-May-16
Queen's University Belfast Full Monthly 03-Jul-16
Reading University Full Quarterly 13-Jun-16
Religious Society of Friends Partial Annual 28-Aug-15
Robert Gordon University Full Monthly 01-Jun-16
Royal Asiatic Society Full Semi-annually 02-Mar-16
Royal Botanic Garden, Edinburgh Full Semi-annually 06-Nov-15
Royal Botanic Gardens, Kew Full Quarterly 23-Dec-15
Royal College of Music Partial Monthly 16-Jul-16
Royal College of Nursing Full Quarterly 09-Mar-16
Royal Geographical Society Partial Unknown 15-Sep-15
Royal Institute of British Architects Full Semi-annually 09-Jun-16
Royal Museums Greenwich Caird Library Partial Quarterly 14-Apr-15
Royal Society Full Semi-annually 16-Nov-15
Royal Society of Medicine Full Monthly 01-Jul-16
Royal Veterinary College Full Monthly 21-May-14
St Andrews University Partial Monthly 14-Jul-16
Science & Advice for Scottish Agriculture (SASA) Not yet updating Annual 10-May-16
School of Oriental & African Studies, University of London Full Quarterly 02-Dec-15
Scottish National Gallery of Modern Art Library Full Semi-annually 03-Nov-15
Scottish National Gallery Research Library Full Semi-annually 18-Aug-15
Senate House Libraries, University of London Full Bi-monthly 11-May-16
Sheffield Hallam University Partial Bi-monthly 01-Jul-15
Sheffield University Partial Monthly 01-Jul-16
Society of Antiquaries of London Partial Quarterly 07-Apr-16
Southampton University Partial Weekly 24-Jul-16
Stirling University Full Monthly 28-Feb-13
Strathclyde University Full Monthly 03-May-16
Sussex University Partial Monthly 20-May-16
Swansea University Full Monthly 01-Dec-15
Tate Library (Tate Britain) Full Semi-annually 09-Mar-16
Trinity College Dublin Partial Quarterly 12-Jul-16
University College London Full Monthly 28-Apr-16
University of East Anglia Full Semi-annually 01-Apr-16
University of the Arts London Full Quarterly 07-Apr-16
University of the West of England (UWE) Full Monthly 23-Jun-16
Warwick University Partial Monthly 21-Jun-16
Wellcome Library Partial Quarterly 26-Apr-16
Wiener Library Full Semi-annually 27-May-16
York University Partial Monthly 01-Jul-16
Zoological Society of London Full Quarterly 20-May-16