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
G Reference, information and interdisciplinary subjects
Do not use “G” on individual books; select appropriate code(s) from Section G below
GM Museology and heritage studies
Note: for museums devoted to a particular subject, assign also the code for the subject. Class here: museum studies; curatorship; heritage interpretation; historical conservation of culturally and socially significant sites, buildings, monuments, etc. See also: ABC “Conservation, restoration and care of artworks”; RNK “Conservation of the environment”; TNKX “Conservation of buildings and building materials”; WHTM “Museum, historic sites, gallery and art guides”

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