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WorldCat Discovery Services

Getting started with WorldCat Discovery

WorldCat Discovery is available to all current OCLC FirstSearch® subscribers as part of existing subscriptions. FirstSearch will operate in parallel with WorldCat Discovery through December 31, 2015, allowing libraries to choose their transition timing. WorldCat Local and WorldShare® Management Services subscribers have access to WorldCat Discovery and all optional features. If you are new to WorldCat Discovery, contact us today to start your order.

Start your transition today

When you're ready to move from FirstSearch to WorldCat Discovery, let us know and we'll send you your WorldCat Discovery URL.


The new benefits libraries receive from WorldCat Discovery depend on their existing subscriptions to OCLC services.

WorldCat on FirstSearch

  • Access to a central index
  • Previous FirstSearch base package databases
  • New mobile-ready interface
  • CONTENTdm® "quick start"

WorldCat on FirstSearch and OCLC Cataloging Subscription

  • Access to a central index
  • Previous FirstSearch base package databases
  • New mobile-ready interface
  • CONTENTdm "quick start"
  • Built-in link resolution to full-text resources to which a library subscribes, using the WorldCat knowledge base
  • A built-in A to Z list, when a library's data is in the WorldCat knowledge base
  • A library’s resources listed first in search results

WorldCat Local and WorldShare Management Services

  • All additional discovery options already included for current subscribers
  • Planned enhancements for known-item searching, relevance ranking and "Did you mean?"
  • Beta period for current community members happening now

Note for groups: If you belong to a group that shares an FirstSearch subscription, you will receive information about training and support plans for members of your group.


Migration timeline

Timeline illustration--March 2014: WorldCat Discovery available to FirstSearch libraries in the United States, Canada, Latin America, Australia and New Zealand (Available later in 2014 Asia, Europe, Middle East and Africa); April 2014: Beta for WorldCat Local and WorldShare Management Services libraries; July 2014: Staff views available; September 2014: Full set of Discovery options available; March 2015: WorldCat Local and WorldShare Management Services libraries begin transition to WorldCat Discovery

Planning your transition

Things to do as you're planning your transition to WorldCat Discovery:

  1. Make sure all of your library's collections are represented in WorldCat. If you have not updated your holdings in WorldCat lately, consider a reclamation project to update your WorldCat holdings.
  2. Update your administrative information in OCLC Service Configuration. Pay particular attention to your OPAC URLs and IP addresses, because these settings directly affect your use of WorldCat Discovery.
  3. Request access to the WorldCat knowledge base (included in an OCLC Cataloging Subscription). Having holdings in the WorldCat knowledge base creates the links to your full-text e-content.
  4. Identify your e-content subscriptions so you can quickly turn them on from the central index.
  5. Know the specific browser requirements. WorldCat Discovery requires use of the latest stable versions of Mozilla Firefox,® Google Chrome, Apple Safari or Microsoft® Internet Explorer versions 9 or 10.

Upcoming events

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AUG 13

13 August 2014

WorldCat Discovery Services enable people to discover more than 1.5 billion electronic, digital and physical resources in your library and libraries around the world through a single search.

  • Time: 3:30 PM – 4:30 PM Eastern Daylight Time, North America [UTC -4]

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SEP 9

09 September 2014

WorldCat Discovery Services enable people to discover more than 1.5 billion electronic, digital and physical resources in your library and libraries around the world through a single search.

  • Time: 11:00 AM – 12:00 PM Eastern Daylight Time, North America [UTC -4]

Start your transition today

When you're ready to move from FirstSearch to WorldCat Discovery, let us know and we'll send you your WorldCat Discovery URL.

Upcoming events

13 August 2014

Making the most of WorldCat Discovery

WorldCat Discovery Services enable people to discover more than 1.5 billion electronic, digital and physical resources in your library and libraries around the world through a single search.

09 September 2014

Making the most of WorldCat Discovery

WorldCat Discovery Services enable people to discover more than 1.5 billion electronic, digital and physical resources in your library and libraries around the world through a single search.

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