How to Request a WSKey

WSKey Overview

Web service keys, commonly referred to as WSKeys, are the primary method used for authenticating and authorizing interactions with web services available on the OCLC WorldShare Platform. WSKeys authenticate clients sending requests to web services, in effect, creating a “secure pipe” between a remote client and the data and functionality available on the Platform. This means a couple of things that you should be aware of as you register:

  • Requests for Production WSKeys must go through a validation process to verify your standing in relation to either your organization or the data you want to access, or both.
  • You can request a single WSKey for one or many services. (You can also choose to have a separate WSKey for each service by filling out separate WSKey requests.)

WSKeys are requested from our Developer Network WSKey user interface. You login with your user account. If you do not have a user account, create one here

Simply "Request a WSKey" from the page navigation and fill out the form. Here are a couple of tips for understanding the information you will need to tell us.

Info Requested Explanation and Tips
Environment Select sandbox if you are exploring an API for the first time. Production access will access and modify the data your library uses to run its operations
Services You may request a key with access to one or more services
Reason Provide an explanation of what you are trying to do. If there is any confusion about your request, this will help us configure your key more quickly
Redirect URI You only need to enter this if you are using one of our OAuth 2 flows. Leave this blank if you are unsure and it can be updated later if needed.  

If you indicate you are creating an OpenSocial app for a WorldShare interface, we will automatically fill in your redirect URI.

Commercial use is for non-OCLC member libraries. Do not check this box if you are simply using the key in a third-party application like ILLiad or MarcEdit.

After submitting your request, you can login to the Developer Network WSKey interface to check on the status of your request.

You can learn more about WSKeys here.

Request Form Walk Through

Select Environment

The first thing you’ll need to do is select which environment you want a WSKey for. Do you want to test in the Sandbox environment, or are you requesting access to your data in the Production environment? We always recommend that you do your initial development, testing and QA work in the Sandbox environment first.

Choose Services

Select the Web Service(s) you want this WSKey associated with. 

If you're requesting a Production WSkey please be sure to include your institution’s OCLC symbol to expedite the process.

WSKey Usage

There are three exceptional types of usage that we ask about. Leave both boxes blank if neither matches your intended use of the WSKey.

  • This key will be used to to create WorldShare OpenSocial Apps

Check this box if you are a WMS site creating an OpenSocial App uploaded to an OCLC container.

  • I am interested in commercial use of this web service.

Only commercial partners need to check this box.

  • I am an OCLC Partner accessing data on behalf of libraries

If you anticipate reading and/or updating data for an institution other than your own, please check this box. Common cases in which this scenario applies include consortia who are accessing data for multiple institutions or or commercial partners accessing a library's data in WMS. If your only intended use of other institutions’ holdings data is through the WorldCat Search API or WorldCat Discovery API, you do not need to check this box. If you are unsure, please describe your intended use of the service in the comments and we will make sure your key is configured properly.

Terms and Conditions

You must explicitly verify that you have read the Terms & Conditions that are in place between OCLC and the institution for which you are acting.

Next Steps

Once you have completed the form, you may be able to view your WSKey right away. Some requests will require processing time. In any case, the WSKey details will be emailed to the address you provided.

See our Authentication page for more information about how to use your WSKey.