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Products & Services

OCLC has a range of products and services designed to work together to support the full range of library management needs and put library collections in the hands of your users.

OCLC provides libraries with the tools to manage and maximize the use of their electronic collections.

Today, more than ever, people need help finding and managing information. In our always-on, Web-driven information environment, libraries are extending beyond their traditional services into new initiatives that connect with users, colleagues, partners and decision-makers in new ways. OCLC has a range of products and services designed to work together to support the full range of library management needs and put library collections in the hands of your users.

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Libraries are dealing with many challenges common across library type and geography

The management of e-books and licensed collections are top of mind, as well as improving visibility and access to the full range of materials available through the library in popular Web destinations, such as search engines, online bookstores and social networking sites. And as budget pressures continue, libraries are increasingly required to demonstrate their relevance and value to the constituents they serve, while evolving their role and forming strategic partnerships on campus or out in the community.

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.

OCLC provides a range of services and solutions for libraries that touch every part of the library workflow:

Library Management

Electronic Collection Management

Digital Collection Management

Cataloging and Metadata

Resource Sharing

Discovery


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What started as a shared, computerized library catalog has evolved to encompass the underlying data needed to fulfill anyone’s information task and support every library management function. Using WorldCat, OCLC members compile, combine, improve and make visible the world’s largest aggregation of library data. Students, scholars, researchers, businesses and information seekers use WorldCat.org and other WorldCat discovery solutions to tap into the combined collections of the world’s libraries every day.

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OCLC WorldShare provides libraries, their users and their partners with a shared platform and set of Webscale library management services that work together to share resources in new ways. Just as WorldCat maximizes the benefits of sharing library data, the OCLC WorldShare Platform extends the reach of library cooperation to encompass developers and partners, information providers and information users. OCLC WorldShare Management Services bring as many library tasks as possible together to eliminate redundancy, improve efficiency and support the sharing of resources, workflows and data.

We are a worldwide library cooperative, owned, governed and sustained by members since 1967. Our public purpose is a statement of commitment to each other—that we will work together to improve access to the information held in libraries around the globe, and find ways to reduce costs for libraries through collaboration. Learn more »