Uniquely valued by member libraries, FirstSearch will continue to be offered as a separate service from WorldCat Discovery.

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OCLC continues to enhance WorldCat Discovery with features from WorldCat Local and features requested by the WorldCat Discovery community.

In addition to ongoing WorldCat Discovery enhancements, OCLC will continue the full-featured WorldCat searching valued in FirstSearch in a new version of FirstSearch. WorldCat Discovery and the new version of FirstSearch will continue as separate services, and FirstSearch search features will also be available to WorldCat Discovery users. WorldCat Discovery remains the user-facing interface to WorldShare Management Services.

As OCLC works to deliver critical functionality to both WorldCat Discovery and the new version of FirstSearch, access to the current version of FirstSearch will extend beyond the 2016 calendar year into 2017.

Additional details about plans to enhance WorldCat Discovery and release the new version of FirstSearch will be shared as they are confirmed. To receive ongoing updates about enhancements to the WorldCat Discovery service, register for Discovery and Reference email updates.

Also see Frequently Asked Questions.

Promoting FirstSearch

Using the materials presented here can expand your patrons' awareness of FirstSearch.

Promotional Toolkit

These materials help you construct a campaign emphasizing the ease of research using FirstSearch and WorldCat's diverse pool of materials in many formats-books, videos, DVDs, eBooks, magazine articles and more.

Promote WorldCat for genealogical research in your library

All materials are in color but may be printed in grayscale.

  • Full page ad
    PDF format: [ English]
  • Quarter page ad
    PDF format: [ English]
  • WorldCat Genealogy bookmarks
    PDF format: [ English]
    Printed copies of bookmarks can be ordered in packs of 25 at no charge. Send an e-mail to orders@oclc.org and include the product code "PRM 1267."
  • Quick Reference Guide
    PDF format: [ English]

Learn more about the benefits of WorldCat for genealogical research. Materials include a search tutorial, answers to common questions, and the story of a woman who supplemented her family history through WorldCat in FirstSearch.

Add your library's logo to FirstSearch

You can add your library's logo to the OCLC FirstSearch service. Learn how to add your logo.

Add FirstSearch icons to your library's Web site

You can use OCLC-provided icons as illustrations on screens linking your site to the OCLC FirstSearch service.