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WorldCat Discovery Services

WorldCat Discovery includes


A new discovery experience that consolidates access to your electronic, physical and digital collections 


Access to a central index that represents more than 1.5 billion articles, e-books and other e-content


An interface that automatically adjusts for desktops, tablets and mobile


Tools to showcase and manage your local special collections


A unique URL and custom branding


The ability to tailor your discovery service through fee-based options

If you also maintain holdings in WorldCat, you get:

  • Your library's resources listed first in search results
  • Built-in link resolution to full-text resources to which your library subscribes, using the WorldCat knowledge base
  • A built-in A to Z list, when your library's data is in the WorldCat knowledge base
  • Visibility on™ and other partner sites

The service will be enhanced regularly, based on input from the library community. See plans for WorldCat Discovery enhancements.

Download a list of selected features.

Tailor the search experience with optional features:

  • Real-time availability status
  • A group- or consortium-view of available resources
  • Management of course reserves or reading lists
  • Remote database search of all library subscriptions
  • Customized traffic and usage reports with Adobe® Analytics

All of these options are already included with WorldCat Local and WorldShare Management Services subscriptions, and are individually available for an add-on fee.

Add only the options you need to your WorldCat Discovery subscription, request a quote now.

Bringing FirstSearch and WorldCat Local together

WorldCat Discovery is available to all current FirstSearch subscribers as part of existing subscriptions. It will fully replace FirstSearch following a year-long transition period during which the two services will operate in parallel. WorldCat Discovery Services, including all options, are available to WorldCat Local subscribers.

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What's new for FirstSearch users

See what's new and next for FirstSearch users, and get a preview of WorldCat Discovery in this 3-minute video.

Future functionality for WorldCat Discovery

WorldCat Discovery will be enhanced regularly in response to input from users of the service. Planned enhancements include suggestions from more than 650 beta participants who helped shape the service and existing users of the WorldCat Local service. This table is a summary of some planned enhancements. Availability dates will be added once they are confirmed.

We encourage member feedback on WorldCat Discovery to help us deliver the best possible service to member libraries and their users.

Feature Target Availability Date
Temporary session-based lists of records * Available now
E-mail Export to Refworks and EndNote April 2014
Permalinks April 2014
Type-ahead search suggestions April 2014
Local Holdings Records search and display By August 2014
Support for Google Analytics * By August 2014
Availability on brief results By August 2014
"View Now" enhancements Ongoing
Staff-specific features, to include MARC views and holdings by symbol To be determined
Article-level holdings derived from the WorldCat knowledge base To be determined
Editions display on brief results enhancements To be determined
Citations in MLA, APA, Turabian, Chicago, Harvard formats To be determined
Customizable form for user-initatied ILL To be determined
Additional relevance sorting options * To be determined
Known title search and sort enhancements To be determined
E-book availability and checkout * To be determined
Display of local bibliographic data To be determined
QuestionPoint reference widget enhancement To be determined
Initial knowledge card display * To be determined
Call number index browse * To be determined
"Did You Mean?" enhancements To be determined
Google Preview integration To be determined
Ability to share on social media To be determined
Ability to customize facets * To be determined
Permanent user lists To be determined

* Indicates features in WorldCat Discovery that are not available in FirstSearch.


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