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About OCLC

The world’s libraries. Connected.

Connecting people to knowledge through library cooperation.

OCLC is a worldwide library cooperative, owned, governed and sustained by members since 1967. We connect libraries to manage and share the world’s knowledge and to form a community dedicated to the values of librarianship: cooperation, resource sharing and public service.

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. OCLC members cooperatively produce and maintain WorldCat—the world’s most comprehensive database of library materials and a tribute to collaborative spirit of libraries. Librarians guide and shape our direction through a 16-member Board of Trustees—more than half of whom are librarians—and a global council of librarians, who are elected by regional councils of member libraries.  The EMEA region, of which the UK is a part, has its own Regional Council and has 11 delegates on its Executive Committee from libraries representing the entire region. 


OCLC in the UK

With two strategically located offices in Sheffield and Birmingham, OCLC’s presence in the UK spans more than 30 years. Since the 1980’s, when OCLC opened its original UK office and the British Library became the first national library outside the US to contribute records to WorldCat, OCLC has become a trusted provider of library cataloguing, delivery, discovery and management solutions across Great Britain and Ireland.

Virtually all UK public and higher education libraries have some form of relationship with OCLC in at least one of these key areas. In addition, numerous strategic bodies within the UK partner with OCLC to advance the work, relevance and accessibility of libraries.

Now, OCLC has begun to represent something more to libraries in the UK and Ireland – reinventing workflow to better represent the diversity and uniqueness of your collections and streamline the processes that govern them; reducing costs and improving access. Our recently opened dedicated UK data centre, demonstrates our commitment to this approach, and underpins our strategy of delivering value through shared library data, and supporting library cooperation by means of shared, scalable infrastructure.

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OCLC members cooperatively produce and maintain WorldCat—the world’s most comprehensive database of library materials and a tribute to collaborative spirit of libraries.

Mission

Connecting people to knowledge through library cooperation.

Vision

The world's libraries. Connected.

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.