Cataloging Realia

You may occasionally have physical items that are not books, DVD’s, etc.  These are either Kits (multiple pieces, such as puzzles, etc.), or “Realia” – Three-dimensional artifacts or naturally occurring objects. We have cataloging templates for these items. 

(Cataloging/Create New MARC Record). Select either “Balsam_Realia” or “Balsam_Kit”.


Enter information as below:


Fixed field “Type” should be “r” (for single items), or “o” for kits.

Sub-field 245h Should be “[Realia]”  or “[kit]”



For more information, see the OCLC description of Type.