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FirstSearch®

Online reference

Uniquely valued by member libraries, FirstSearch will continue to be offered as a separate service.

OCLC continues to enhance WorldCat Discovery with features from WorldCat Local and features requested by the WorldCat Discovery community.

In addition to ongoing WorldCat Discovery enhancements, OCLC will continue the full-featured WorldCat searching valued in FirstSearch in a new version of FirstSearch.  WorldCat Discovery and the new version of FirstSearch will continue as separate services, and FirstSearch search features will also be available to WorldCat Discovery users.  WorldCat Discovery remains the user-facing interface to WorldShare Management Services.

As OCLC works to deliver critical functionality to both WorldCat Discovery and the new version of FirstSearch, access to the current version of FirstSearch will extend beyond the 2016 calendar year into 2017.

Additional details about plans to enhance WorldCat Discovery and release the new version of FirstSearch will be shared as they are confirmed.  To receive ongoing updates about enhancements to the WorldCat Discovery service, register for Discovery and Reference email updates.

Also see Frequently Asked Questions.

FirstSearch provides access to a core collection of reference databases. The FirstSearch Base Package includes WorldCat as well as other databases such as Electronic Books and OAIster. Users of WorldCat.org and WorldCat Local can access these FirstSearch databases through a user-friendly single-search box.


Underlying FirstSearch is the WorldCat database, the most comprehensive and up-to-date bibliographic resource available. Your users will find relevant records quickly and the location of resources—in your collection or at other libraries—with the click of a button. Users can start and refine searches at one of three different skill levels. And you have the ability to customize many aspects of the experience.

FirstSearch easily integrates into your current library resources. Your subscription includes everything you need to start using FirstSearch and promote it to your users. And a variety of support options make it easy to find answers. FirstSearch's purchase options help you stay within budget, and its functionality can be extended to include other OCLC services such as Interlibrary Loan.