BestMARC and MARCEdit

BestMARC Metadata Management

Welcome MARCEdit users

BestMARC sets the standard in metadata management. Whether searching, original cataloging, or maintaining existing records, BestMARC sets the standard. Our best-in-class online MARC management system makes processing and maintaining MARC records fast, easy, and convenient.


BestMARC Standard is the easiest tool to help you with MARC record creation and maintenance.


BestMARC Standard is free for new users

Get all the record searching, cataloging, and editing features free for a full year to new users. Then only $5/month (billed annually) thereafter.

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Search for records by entering as much information as you know about the item. BestMARC searches our high-quality database for results along with a collection of the top Z39.50 databases, including the Library of Congress. As users search for records, the BestMARC database improves by incorporating records from other Z39.50 sources.

Search Results


Search Results are compiled and ranked to match the criteria entered and the quality of the record from our database of MARC records. Cover photos help you find the correct record.

If you cannot find a record, click Catalog to create it. Your search criteria is automatically entered into your new record to save typing.

Start by using one of over 45 built-in material types, or create your own custom templates matching your own specifications.

Records are automatically formatted for AACR2 or RDA based on your preference.



BestMARC’s Editor guides you though creating a high-quality MARC record. Fields, Subfields, and Indicators are separated into their parts. A graphical interface guides you the entire way.

Simply click into a subfield and BestMARC shows you Tips and Examples to help you fill it out. Common fields and subfields are displayed by default based on the type of material you are cataloging.

ISBD punctuation is automatically applied when the record is saved.

BestMARC vs MARCEdit

For a single user, billed annually
$41.60 per month$33.25 per monthFirst year free, then $5.00 per month thereafterFree
MARC Record Editor
yes yes yes yes
MARC Tips, Examples, Errors
Includes context-sensitive links to LOC and RDA Toolkit documentation
yes yes yes no
Built-in Record Templates
48 48 48 8
User-Created Record Templates
yes yes yes no
Record Source
yes yes yes no
Search More Servers
Z39.50 search
yes yes yes User-configured, one server at a time
Side-by-side comparison of changes, rollback changes
yes yes yes no
Reading Program Updates
Automatically update Accelerated Reader 360®, Fountas & Pinnell®, Lexile®, Reading Counts!®, & ReadnQuiz™
yesyesno no
Convert to RDA
Tag 260 to 264, 336, 337 & 338 updates, 100s of terms expanded, birth and death dates, unnumbered pages, leaves & plates and more
yesyesno yes
Subject Heading Updates
Library of Congress, Library of Congress Children’s, Sears and Kid Friendly, plus Subject Enrichment feature
yesyesno no
Award Notes
State and National award notes
yesyesno no
Brief to Full
Adds selected fields for records found in the BestMARC record source
yesyesno no
Record Repair
Automatically fixes common problems in your MARC records
yesyesno no
Organize records into lists
yes no no no
Find smaller groups of records
yes no no yes
Global Editing
Create and save powerful instructions to make batch changes to your database
yes no no Not saved between sessions
Combine Enhancements and Global Edits sequentially for easy processing
yes Enhancements Only no no
Type Conversions
Convert between character encodings and file formats such as XML, MODS, OAI
no no no yes

Get BestMARC Standard for free

BestMARC Standard is free for new users

Get all the record searching, cataloging, and editing features free for a full year to new users. Then only $5/month (billed annually) thereafter.

Signup Now



Add an upgrade to your subscription to make BestMARC even more powerful. BestMARC Plus comes with streamlined record enhancement features and other key benefits to save you even more time. BestMARC Global adds customizable features for global edits and automated workflows making this our most powerful subscription.