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 www.bic.org.uk.

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.

See the Search hints below

Code Description
Y Children’s, teenage and educational
Do not use “Y” on individual books. Select appropriate code(s) from Section Y below
YR Children’s and teenage reference material
Do not use “YR” on individual books, but select from YR* codes below
YRD Dictionaries, school dictionaries (Children’s/Teenage)
With YRD* codes use Language qualifiers to indicate language(s) of dictionary
YRE Encyclopaedias (Children’s/Teenage)
Note: use for non-subject-specific works only; for subject-specific reference works, use YRG
YRG Reference works (Children’s/Teenage)
Note: with YRG, assign also a subject code relating to the area or scope of the reference work where possible
YRW Atlases and maps (Children’s/Teenage)


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