The library community has always recognized and valued the power of cooperation. By sharing knowledge, services and collections, libraries expand their impact and create more value for their users. OCLC solutions for groups and consortia increase opportunities for groups to support their members with research, training and services that streamline the technical challenges of collaboration.
Explore more options for group resource sharing
OCLC's acquisition of Relais ensures a long-term home for this valuable group borrowing service. Relais's D2D (Discovery to Delivery) solution is the market leader in consortial borrowing and continues to grow. It is a state-of-the-art solution consistent with OCLC's vision for a new service to address the needs of consortial borrowing users.
Share your print collection to expand your library
Librarians at Drake University and Grand View University wanted to decrease the number of seldom-used titles on their shelves to create room for expanding the collection and for student collaboration space. They worked with librarians nearby at Central College, Grinnell College and Simpson College to form the Central Iowa – Collaborative Collections Initiative (CI-CCI) and developed a shared print collection.
Improve results for all libraries in your group, big and small
The LIBROS consortium in New Mexico includes academic and special libraries that vary widely in size, purpose and scope. The group wanted to find a way to share a common management system while still allowing individual libraries to have more autonomy and local control. The solution they found meets the needs of the larger institutions without overwhelming the smaller ones.
Answer worldwide questions in users' native language
Spain's Ministry of Education, Culture and Sport supports Pregunte: las bibliotecas responden, a free Spanish-language reference service through email and chat, to information seekers all over the world. More than 40 public libraries in Spain contribute to Pregunte.
Connect all state residents to reference librarians
Washington State Library's Ask-WA service allows residents to reach a reference librarian at any time of day or night. The Ask-WA chat service features reference librarians from academic and public libraries who work together to meet the information needs of people in the state.
Collaborate to reduce costs and get to your 'wish list'
The Private Academic Library Network of Indiana (PALNI), an academic library group providing library automation services to 23 institutions, was looking to change to a new library management system. They made "radical collaboration" across collections, processes and staff expertise a priority.