WorldCat Identities

A service that provides personal, corporate and subject-based identities (writers, authors, characters, corporations, horses, ships, etc.) based on information in WorldCat.

  • Status: Production
  • Sandbox access: No

What you get

  • Direct links to identity information based on LCCN or a
    personal name
  • Access to identity information using OpenURL
  • Search access to identity information
  • Metadata related to the identies including
    • Works by
    • Works About
    • Associated Names
    • Related Authorities

Who can use it

WorldCat Identities is available to anyone for non-commercial use.

Authentication & Authorization

This API does not require authentication.


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