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Member stories

OCLC is its members. We are owned, supported and led by our member libraries, whose input guides everything we do. From involvement in major research studies to piloting new products and informing strategic direction, we rely on them for guidance, governance and advice.

Students at Medicine Hat College

Help users find all the resources your library offers

Find out how Medicine Hat College’s library made their video databases easier for students and faculty to locate.

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Supply articles in a more efficient and environmentally friendly way

See how the University of Essex simplified article delivery directly to users.

University of Saint Francis member story

Share resources with fewer clicks

Discover how the University of Saint Francis simplified interlibrary loan for staff, student workers, and library users.

Students in Swinburne University of Technology library

Simplify your electronic demand-driven acquisition program

Learn how Swinburne University of Technology keeps electronic demand-driven acquisition titles discoverable, accessible and circulating. 

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Improve discovery of your entire collection

Find out how Hillsdale College makes it easier for users and reference librarians to find the information they need in the library’s catalog.

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Save time maintaining your e-collections

Discover how the University of Auckland maintains its catalog with up-to-date records for electronic resources. 

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Dedicate more time to sharing research globally

Learn how Liverpool School of Tropical Medicine’s library supports institutional goals using the cloud.

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Focus your time on your library's strengths

Discover how the College of Saint Benedict and Saint John's University Libraries found more time to devote to faculty and student support.

Students at Tulsa Community College

Support changing roles with reduced workloads

Learn how Tulsa Community College library eased workloads across campuses without increasing the budget.

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Simplify resource sharing by using the cloud

See how Ohio Wesleyan University improved services by shifting interlibrary loan processes to the cloud.

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Empower staff by helping them to do more

Learn how Bryant University saved time and money to allow staff members to focus on better resources, user services and reporting.

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Share solutions through global collaboration

Learn how ADA University in Azerbaijan engages with libraries worldwide to share resources, culture and knowledge.

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Collaborate for better services across campuses

Find out how Antioch University's five libraries, spread throughout the United States, came together to provide a flexible, consistent and comprehensive experience for students and faculty.

University of KwaZulu-Natal

Streamline staff workflows and consolidate resource access

Find out how the University of KwaZulu-Natal improved user services and the use of staff resources

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Maintain great user services even with reduced staff

Learn how the Chase Law Library continued to provide a high level of service to students and faculty despite a reorganization and a smaller staff.

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Offer your collection as a service

Find out how Erasmus University Rotterdam library refocused library tasks on supporting faculty and students with information and library resources.

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Improve the quality of your online catalog

See how Biblical Theological Seminary helps students and faculty find the resources they need through an up-to-date and intuitive online catalog.

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Help students specialize their studies

Learn how Goucher College library supports study-abroad students through access to resources focused on specific locations and cultures.

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Reimagine your workflows to better serve your users

Discover what inspired Butler University Libraries to make dramatic organizational and process changes that help them focus on their new priorities.

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Cooperate to strengthen libraries in all communities

Learn how the Red Cliff Band of Lake Superior Chippewa reestablished a Tribal community library through a partnership with University of Wisconsin – Madison's School of Library and Information Studies.

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Search in one place for resources worldwide

Learn how librarians at John Cabot University improved access to resources from both their libraries and libraries worldwide.

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Share history's most difficult lessons to improve the future

Find out how a group of scholars and librarians came together to help people learn about civil rights, African American issues and the impact of history on today's culture.

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Quickly and easily satisfy document requests

Find out how the University of Winchester gained better visibility into and control of interlibrary loan requests.

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Share your specialized collections

Learn how Anabaptist Mennonite Biblical Seminary shares its focused collections and meets students' broader needs.

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Free up resources to launch new programs

See how University of Nebraska Omaha dramatically increased e-book collections through demand-driven acquisition.

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Create time for new initiatives

Find out how Saddleback College found time to improve the resources available to students without hiring more staff.

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Renovate for today's information environment

See how Connecticut College combined a collection management project with a building renovation to offer modern study, collaboration and technology spaces to students and faculty.

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Share your print collection to expand your library

Discover how a small group of academic libraries in Iowa formed the Central Iowa – Collaborative Collections Initiative to share print resources.

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Embed your library in the research process

Discover how the SHARE initiative fosters conversations about libraries' roles in preserving and sharing research outputs beyond the final publication.

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Increase the reach of your digital collection

Find out how the University of Leicester moved their special collections online and increased access.

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Deliver articles within minutes

Find out how Mount Mercy University supports researchers around the world despite a small library staff.

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Update your library workflows to meet user needs

Learn how Bishop Grosseteste University modernized their workflows and helped users find the resources they need.

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Overcome copyright and cost barriers to sharing

Learn how SUB Göttingen saved time and optimized interlibrary loan workflows.

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Create a 24/7 library, no matter the weather

Learn how the University of Washington kept its library open even during a weather-related campus closure.

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Free up time to work on special collections

Find out how McGill University improved user services and staff workflows throughout the library after clearing their cataloging backlog.

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Collaborate with other libraries to inspire change

Discover what sparked Keio University's library to expand the promotion and use of their special collections.

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Provide better access to your special collections

Discover how the University of Warwick enhanced scholars' ability to locate and search their fragile special collections.

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Bring users resources from across the globe

Find out how the University of Glasgow expanded its reach by providing students with access to worldwide library materials.

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Make your collections visible wherever your users are

Learn how Utrecht University broadened the visibility of their collections across the Internet.

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Improve troubleshooting response time

See why University of the Arts London spends less time fixing IT systems and more time improving user experiences.

Harper Adams University

Grant trouble-free access to all your library's e-resources

Understand how Harper Adams University eased the effort of accessing e-resources off campus.

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Quickly clear out cataloging backlogs

Find out how the University of Texas at Austin eliminated its backlog of foreign language materials without hiring additional staff.

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Expand e-resource availability and visibility

See how High Point University improved discovery for students and visibility for their unique content.

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Save unique, at-risk digital content

Hear how cooperative research helped UCLA Library's special collections department emphasize strategic acquisition of important digital materials.

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Manage electronic collections efficiently

Examine Drexel University's time-saving consolidated e-book management system.

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Automate e-resource management

Discover how University of Maryland librarians sped up their e-book processing workflows.

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Increase usage with demand-driven acquisition

See how Bucknell University's move to demand-driven acquisition helped save money and provide better access to resources for faculty and students.

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Get students to your licensed materials

Observe how Mount Mercy University made management and discovery of e-content easier for librarians and students.