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WorldCat® Local

Single-search access to 2 billion items from your library and the world's library collections

1.8 billion items. 1 search box.

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The Future of WorldCat Local

In March 2014, OCLC will release WorldCat® Discovery Services, a new suite of cloud-based applications that brings the FirstSearch® and WorldCat® Local services together. The new suite will provide access to the central index for more than 18,000 FirstSearch libraries. There is no impact to your service in March, but you will be able to begin using WorldCat Discovery Services during a beta period that begins in April 2014. WorldCat Discovery provides libraries with the ability to add several individual fee-based options to their service. WorldCat Local subscribers have access to all these options as part of their current subscription.

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WorldCat Local is a webscale discovery solution that delivers single-search-box access to more than 2 billion items from your library and the world's library collections. You'll find:

  • 2.2+ billion articles with one-click access to full text
  • 50 million digital items from trusted sources like Google Books, OAIster and HathiTrust
  • 21 million eBooks from leading aggregators and publishers
  • 49 million pieces of evaluative content (Tables of Contents, cover art, summaries, etc.) included at no additional charge
  • 351 million books in libraries worldwide

Your WorldCat Local service gets users the results they're looking for and then connects them right to local, group and global resources through the services you already provide. It also gives your library visibility on the Web through the cooperative's partnerships with leading search engines, social networking services and other popular sites.

WorldCat Local lets people explore the full breadth of resources your library provides in a single, streamlined search experience. Once they identify the items they need, integration with your library's delivery options lets users get to those resources quickly and easily.


Success Stories

“The great advantage of WorldCat Local is that it makes a huge amount of resources readily available in one search—in one place—and offers quality information to the user.”

Gregg A. Silvis, Assistant Director for Library Computing Systems
University of Delaware Library, Newark, DE, USA