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WorldCat.org

Provide library visibility on the Web. 


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Take advantage of a global catalog

The Internet is the first choice for most information seekers. With your holdings and other metadata contributed to WorldCat, WorldCat.org makes your library's resources more visible to more people on the Web. As the world's largest library catalog, it helps users find items in libraries close to them. So your reliable, verified information and personal assistance—the hallmarks of the library experience—gain greater exposure, credibility and use among people in your community and around the world.

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Easily see which libraries hold the items users want

Once users have done a search on WorldCat.org, they scroll down for a list of WorldCat-participating libraries near them that own the item. Your library's listing shows distance from the user's input location, with links to a Google Map. It connects users to your "Library info" page on WorldCat.org, as well as your "Ask a Librarian" virtual references services and your Web site's general information page that lists locations, operating hours and phone numbers. WorldCat.org listings make it easy to see which libraries are the closest for the user. Any favorite libraries display first in listings—marked with a red heart—regardless of location. 

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Share your library's holdings across the Web

Information about your library's holdings and online services is actively spread across the Web via strategic partnerships with key sites such as Google and Goodreads, as well as by social and distributed Web technologies such as APIs, widgets, mobile and social apps that appeal to users, other information providers and e-business.

The result: Your local resources gain a global presence, become part of people's normal Web workflow and get in front of the increasing numbers of people who rely almost exclusively on the Internet.

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Engage users where they are searching and deliver your content

Internet users don't just search—they interact with what they find. WorldCat.org lets them build and share lists, contribute reviews, put a WorldCat search box or other widget on their personal site, use WorldCat apps in Facebook and on their mobile phone and generally spread information about library items all around the social Web.

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"The most wonderful thing about WorldCat.org is that it takes the power of our collective catalogs and combines them with an interface our users can understand."

Lee-Anne Flandreau
Information Services Librarian,
Fort Vancouver Regional Library District, Vancouver, WA.

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