WorldCat knowledge base API

A read-only service for e-resource discovery and linking. Provides developer-level access to a library's information in the WorldCat knowledge base. The WorldCat knowledge base combines data about your library's econtent with access to it through linking features.

  • Status: Production
  • Sandbox access: Yes

What you get

OpenURL requests provide

  • Matches for article, journal, or ebook citations to the specific access points for that content available to an individual library
  • Links to electronic materials with all appropriate account identifiers. So you can provide access to the content your library subscribes to, in one click.
  • Any proxy information necessary to get an end user to full text content

REST request types provide

  • An entry point to browse a library's subscription resources
  • Browse and search features similar to an A to Z list

Who can use it

Access is available for libraries that use OCLC's WorldCat Knowledge base. Production access is limited to 50,000 requests per day.

Commercial partnerships are also available.