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European Commission Central Library in WorldCat


OCLC’s WorldCat has now reached another milestone following the database reaching 2 billion holdings earlier this year.  On 20 June, the 300 millionth bibliographical record was added to WorldCat. The record describes an article, "Wirtschaftsrecht im Internet" ("Business Law for the Internet") from the German periodical,  Betriebs Berater, Zeitschrift für Recht, Steuern und Wirtschaft. The record was created on 7 June, 2013, and was contributed by the European Commission Central Library.

The record was added as part of the library’s first retrospective batchload effort into WorldCat. This single institution load resulted in a total of 475,869 holdings being set, and 301,991 new bibliographic records were added. Reflecting the multilingual environment of the EU, this record shows the metadata of an article in a German journal with subject cataloguing in French.

The European Commission's Central Library was established in 1958 when the EU institutions were founded. Its collections span the whole period of European integration from the early fifties.  The collections include official EU publications, publications from many intergovernmental organisations, commercial, academic and government publications, as well as selected periodical articles.  Material is also available on European integration, the policy objectives and activities of the Union institutions, as well as material on the EU Member States, in particular their institutional, legal and socio-economic structures. Finally, the collections include specialist publications on subjects falling with the EU's remit.

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