Lawrence G. Livingston, 59, a former program director and consultant with the Council on Library Resources, died of cancer Monday in St. Martinville, La.

Mr. Livingston worked with the council, a private organization for academic and research libraries, from February 1968, until the time of his death.

He helped monitor and coordinate the council's library automation programs and acted as a technical adviser to private and governmental organizations.

In 1974 and 1977, he traveled to Moscow as a member of the U.S.-U.S.S.R research group on development and testing of a common communication format for bibliographic data exchange. These meetings were sponsored by the National Science Foundation and the State Department.

Mr. Livingston was also active on a committee instrumental in the development and acceptance of the International Standard Serial Number (ISSN), which identifies magazines and journals.

He served as chairman of the Committee for the Coordination of National Bibliographical Control, and as a member of the Library of Congress Network Advisory Committee.

He served in the Army from 1944 to 1967, retiring with the rank of lieutenant colonel. His last position with the Army was as chief of automated data processing systems, plans and requirements division of the Defense Intelligence Agency.

Mr. Livingston earned a bachelor's degree at the University of Maryland. He had lived in this area during the 1960s, while in the Army.

After joining the council he divided his time between Washington and his home in New Iberia, La.

He is survied by his wife, Josephine D. of the home; three sons, David, Loren, and Lawrence K., all of New Iberia; three brothers, Robert, of New Orleans, Alden, of Morgan City, La., and William, of Provo, Utah; four sisters, Leone Fournet and Thelma Bernard, both of St. Martinsville, and Winona Birch and Mattie Dunn, both of Baton Rouge, and seven grandchildren.