The OCLC Research Library Partnership
Connecting you to a shared future.
Cooperative innovation that makes your library more valuable, operating processes more efficient, and shapes new distinctive services.
A venue for the research library community
The OCLC Research Library Partnership is a venue for research libraries to undertake significant, innovative, collective action to benefit scholars and researchers everywhere. The Partnership magnifies the leadership and direction provided by innovative libraries. OCLC recognizes the valuable contribution that research libraries play in the cooperative and supports the Partnership with the full capacities of OCLC Research. For institutions, the ORLP represents a significant extension of their own, internal R&D capacities.
Partnership brochure (.pdf)
Collaboratively designing a shared future
OCLC Research works with Partner institutions to identify challenges that are too big for an institution to address alone. Partners share their priorities and exchange innovative approaches to challenges they see ahead. Together we take a fresh look at community practice and consider alternative policies and approaches. With the Partnership, OCLC Research helps to develop shared understandings with events and publications on timely topics, assembles evidence (e.g. data analysis, user studies), surfaces techniques for sharing data, services and expertise, and develops prototypes to test and demonstrate improved approaches.
An international alliance
OCLC Research Library Partnership allies like-minded institutions from twelve countries. A multinational Partnership allows for Partner staff to meet and collaborate with staff from institutions pursuing different solutions or at different stages of adoption of solutions as they design their future services.
Join the OCLC Research Library Partnership
All research libraries and not-for-profit organizations with educational, research or cultural missions are invited to join the OCLC Research Library Partnership. You will benefit if you are ready to invest resources and staff expertise in collaboratively designing innovative programs and future services that increase the efficiency and impact of research libraries.
For additional information, see our frequently asked questions page.
Contact Partner Relations, at +1-650-287-2125 (voice) or firstname.lastname@example.org with questions.
OCLC Research on YouTube
Watch our YouTube video, Value of the OCLC Research Library Partnership.
A number of subscription e-mail and discussion lists have been developed for staff at OCLC Research Library Partnership institutions to support continuing conversations about our work, share updates and solicit volunteers for new activities.