BIC Subject Categories and Qualifiers

This is BIC’s Subject Categories and Qualifiers Scheme, version 2.1 released November 2010, the standard classification scheme for the UK book trade and some other English language markets, available from

Note that BIC has announced that there will be no further development of the BIC scheme, and that Thema is its preferred subject scheme for current and future use. Browse the latest version of the Thema international, multilingual subject category scheme here.

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Code Description
Y Children’s, teenage and educational
Do not use “Y” on individual books. Select appropriate code(s) from Section Y below
YN Children’s and teenage: general non-fiction
Do not use “YN” on individual books, but select from YN* codes below. Use YN* codes for all non-fiction non-educational general interest material not covered elsewhere. With YN* codes, also assign appropriate 5A* Reading Age/Level Qualifier where possible
YNA Art: general interest (Children’s/Teenage)
YNC Music: general interest (Children’s/Teenage)
YND Drama and performing (Children’s/Teenage)
YNF Television and film (Children’s/Teenage)
YNG General knowledge and trivia (Children’s/Teenage)
YNH History and the past: general interest (Children’s/Teenage)
YNJ Warfare, battles, armed forces (Children’s/Teenage)
See also YXZW “Social issues: war and conflict issues” for issues-based approaches
YNK Work and industry / world of work (Children’s/Teenage)
YNL Literature, books and writers (Children’s/Teenage)
Use for fiction companions, biographies of and books about writers, and general interest books about literature and writing, as distinct from educational ‘lit crit’ works
YNM People and places (Children’s/Teenage)
YNN Natural history (Children’s/Teenage)
YNP Practical interests (Children’s/Teenage)
YNR Religion and beliefs: general interest (Children’s/Teenage)
See also YXZR “Social issues: religious issues” for issues-based approaches
YNT Science and technology: general interest (Children’s/Teenage)
YNU Humour and jokes (Children’s/Teenage)
YNV Hobbies, quizzes and games (Children’s/Teenage)
YNW Sports and outdoor recreation (Children’s/Teenage)
YNX Mysteries, the supernatural, monsters and mythological beings (Children’s/Teenage)

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