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Membership criteria

OCLC's Membership Criteria and corresponding services and activities are proposed by OCLC staff and reviewed by the Membership Committee on an annual basis. The Membership Committee comprises Global Council member delegates and members of the Board of Trustees. Any changes must be approved by the Global Council and the Board of Trustees. Here are the current criteria and corresponding services and activities that qualify institutions for membership. An institution must complete at least one of the following activities related to an OCLC service within the past three years:

Membership Criteria as outlined in OCLC's membership definition Qualifying Cooperative Services and/or Activities
  • Contributing Metadata
  • Sharing Holdings Information
  • Sharing staff resources and expertise, such as in a reference cooperative
  • QuestionPoint: Includes those libraries with QuestionPoint activity that benefits the cooperative, such as contributing to the global knowledge base, referring or receiving questions for the cooperative, etc.
  • Making digital content available to other members
  • CONTENTdm: Includes those CONTENTdm libraries that load holdings to WorldCat
  • Sharing materials using OCLC services
  • WorldCat Resource Sharing: Any library with borrowing or lending activity, including libraries using WorldCat Resource Sharing under another entity's contract, such as a state or national library