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Libraries sharing data, work and resources

Libraries today are faced with a rapidly changing environment, evolving user needs and increasing pressure to measure and communicate impact. OCLC products help libraries address these challenges by sharing data, streamlining workflows and connecting people to the knowledge held in the world’s library collections.

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Library Management

Manage your entire library system with services that increase efficiency across services, departments and locations.

WorldShare Management Services

The first cooperative management service for libraries

Individual products:

WorldShare Acquisitions, WorldShare Circulation, WorldCat DiscoveryWorldCat Local, WorldShare Metadata, WorldShare Interlibrary Loan, WorldShare License Manager, WorldShare Collection Evaluation

Cataloging & Metadata

Build, manage and share data about your collections while making your library more visible.

WorldShare Metadata Services

A complete metadata management solution for physical, licensed and digital resources

Dewey Services

The world’s most widely used library classification system

Resource Sharing

Centralize resource sharing workflows previously managed in multiple systems while speeding fulfillment of interlibrary loan requests.

WorldShare Interlibrary Loan

Integrated discovery and delivery of electronic, digital and print materials

UnityUK

A web-based resource sharing and interlibrary loan service

Discovery & Syndication

Get people to the materials they need—from your library and from other libraries worldwide.

WorldCat.org

A web destination that connects information seekers on the web to collections in the world's libraries

WorldCat Discovery Services

Cloud-based applications that enable people to search WorldCat and discover more than 1.5 billion electronic, digital and physical resources in a single search

Digital Collection Management

Make everything in your digital collections available to online researchers, everywhere, whatever the format.

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Storage, management and delivery of your digital collections

Virtual Reference

Interact with users in multiple ways, using both chat and e-mail. Your library can also provide around-the-clock reference services through the 24/7 Reference Cooperative.

QuestionPoint

A complete reference management system, integrating chat and e-mail

Enquire

A 24/7 virtual reference service

Member stories

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Save unique, at-risk digital content

Hear how cooperative research helped UCLA Library's special collections department emphasize strategic acquisition of important digital materials.

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Expand e-resource availability and visibility

See how High Point University improved discovery for students and visibility for their unique content.

We are proud to partner with some of the largest regional and national library groups in Europe, Middle East and Africa to provide infrastructure that supports library collaboration, and facilitates their operations at a regional and national level.

Our mission to connect the world’s libraries has never been so relevant given the web-driven information environment we live in today.  Library users have changed their patterns of behaviour when it comes to information-seeking and libraries are changing with them.  OCLC’s global enterprise strategy to collaboratively build Webscale with libraries provides an approach and solutions for libraries to increase the collective reach of their collections, while driving efficiencies in collection management across electronic, digital and physical materials.

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Connect with your OCLC representative to learn how the cooperative’s services can reduce local hardware and software dependencies, so that you can focus more on your users.

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WorldShare provides a complete set of library management applications and platform services built on an open, cloud-based platform. WorldShare offers integrated management of library workflows and creates new efficiencies as libraries share work, data and resources to save money and deliver value to their users.  

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WorldCat is a set of databases that together comprise the most comprehensive global network of data about library collections and services. WorldCat data is contributed, maintained and shared by libraries around the world. It is managed and enhanced by OCLC. WorldCat data supports a range of OCLC and partner services, driving efficiency in library management, improving discovery of library collections and increasing the visibility of libraries on the Web.

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