Connect your users to the information they need.
Connect your library to the world.
Search WorldCat, the world’s most comprehensive library database
Identify resources at your library and in the collections of the world’s libraries. Library users and staff use WorldCat Discovery to search the WorldCat database of electronic, digital and physical resources; to identify materials they need and to find out where they are available.
Expand your collection
You can discover more than 1.6 billion electronic, digital and physical resources with access to WorldCat and a central index that represents more than 2,000 e-content collections from providers such as Gale, ProQuest, Elsevier, Springer and others.
Simplify your search
A new, mobile-ready discovery interface provides consolidated access to your electronic, physical and digital collections through a single search. Staff-specific features, such as MARC views, support streamlined reference workflows.
Borrow, buy or connect to full text
Staff and users can choose from integrated delivery options: link directly to full text, link to your OPAC, borrow from another library or buy items directly from content sellers. Users connect to full text through built-in link resolution and an A to Z list when you have holdings in the WorldCat knowledge base. Interlibrary loan staff can use the full-featured searching and integrated ILL request button in WorldCat Discovery.
Be visible where users start their search
WorldCat Discovery connects users back to your library from WorldCat.org™ and more than 50 popular consumer websites, such as Google, Goodreads and Wikipedia, when your library uses an OCLC Cataloging Subscription to represent its collections in WorldCat.
"OCLC is letting its mission drive its actions. OCLC is reinforcing its public purpose by providing more access to more information for more people. Making library collections more accessible can only help us fulfill our mission as libraries."
Associate Director of Access, Instruction and Research Services, Macalester College
"I use WorldCat 10 - 15 times a day at least, sometimes more. I couldn't do my job without WorldCat. The breadth of collections is unparalleled."
MLIS Subject Librarian for Classics, Dramatic Art, & English/Comparative Literature, Davis Library, University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill
From FirstSearch to WorldCat Discovery: Cooperative Discovery that Puts You Where Your Users Are
(YouTube video, 45 minutes)
28 June 2014
WorldCat Discovery Services puts a discovery service within reach for any library with a FirstSearch subscription. This presentation provides an introduction to WorldCat Discovery and an overview of recent and planned enhancements. Presenter: John McCullough, OCLC Product Manager for Discovery Services
11 December 2014
WorldCat Discovery Services enable people to discover more than 1.5 billion electronic, digital and physical resources in your library and libraries around the world through a single search.
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