Education Services Australia has an agreement with a third party image provider which allows SCIS to retrieve and store their book cover images for the purpose of supplying them to schools. Schools may use the book cover images within their library catalogues and on the school website, including in blogs, wikis, online newsletters and intranets. For full details see the SCIS terms and conditions.
Images should only be retrieved via the download buttons on the SCIS website and not via saving or copying directly from the webpage. These images are pulled from a number of sources. Due to the differences in licensing, only one of these sources allow their book cover images to be downloaded and used by schools. Therefore, some records will display a book cover image on the SCIS website, but there will be no image available for download.
Images may be in either gif, jpeg or png format.
After downloading, the cover images are named with the ISBN of the corresponding book. The ISBN may be either a 10 or 13- digit ISBN. From 2007, most books are issued with 13-digit ISBNs.
Options for downloading images
- Downloading via SCIS website
Cover images are included for download when a request for catalogue records is made on the SCIS website. Depending on the download preferences of the account, the cover images will be downloaded together with the catalogue records in a zipped file, or separately in their own zipped file. There will be a cover images file created for download regardless of whether images are available for the requested books.
- Automated retrieval via z39.50
Vendors may choose to configure their library systems either to link dynamically to the images or to retrieve images for local storage. A valid SCIS username and password is required. The URL to retrieve a cover image is in the format:
The request will retrieve a cover image if it matches on ISBN. If there is no matching image, a tiny blank image (null.gif, 809 bytes) is substituted.
Example of a null link: https://my.scisdata.com/rest/z3950/resource/download?isbn=187636792X