WorldCat Identities

A service that provides personal, corporate and subject-based identities (writers, authors, characters, corporations, horses, ships, etc.) based on information in WorldCat.

  • Status: Production
  • Sandbox access: No

The OCLC WorldCat Identities API will be discontinued March 26th 2023. Please be advised all WorldCat Identities API endpoints, functionality, and data will no longer be accessible after this date. We strongly recommend that you review any services that use the WorldCat Identities API and plan to migrate off it within the next 60 days.

What you get

  • Direct links to identity information based on LCCN or a
    personal name
  • Access to identity information using OpenURL
  • Search access to identity information
  • Metadata related to the identities including
    • Works by
    • Works About
    • Associated Names
    • Related Authorities

Who can use it

WorldCat Identities is available to anyone for non-commercial use.

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