Member stories

OCLC is its members. We are owned, supported, and led by our member libraries, whose input guides everything we do. From involvement in major research studies to piloting new products and informing strategic direction, we rely on them for guidance, governance, and advice.

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Showcase library collections with data insights

Learn how Senate House Library is showcasing its unique collections with data insights and fostered innovation for future growth.

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Organize your collections to share and preserve history

Learn how the Norman E. Alexander Librarian for Jewish Studies uses FirstSearch to locate and share collections.

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Speed delivery and free up staff time with real-time availability

Learn how SWAN Library Services automated request responses for 100 libraries to save staff time and speed delivery.

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Increase interest in library collections with easier access

Learn how Thomas Balch Library increased engagement with its new and historical collections—locally and globally.

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Maximize sharing, searchability, and access to library collections

Discover how Casanatense Library committed to providing worldwide visibility of its growing digital collection.

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Gain international recognition for your special collections

Discover how the American University in Cairo won a UNESCO award for its work preserving and sharing Egypt’s documentary heritage.

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Inspire active engagement with digital collections

Learn how the University for the Creative Arts (UCA) ensures visual art collections are available online to as many people as possible.

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Update workflows and fill requests faster

Learn how Baldwin Wallace University used WorldShare ILL’s smart fulfillment capabilities to update workflows and fill requests faster.

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Boost visibility of archival and special collections

Learn how University of Scranton improved organization and discoverability by combining digital collections in one place.

Edge Hill University in Ormskirk, Lancashire, England

Reposition your library to be at the heart of teaching and learning

Discover how Edge Hill University library made a real difference to teaching and learning with transformed management of course reading lists.

Noel Reading Porch, EKU Crabbe Library

Achieve incredibly fast borrowing turnaround times

Get the details on how Eastern Kentucky University saved an astonishing amount of time by customizing Tipasa resource sharing options to match local needs.

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Become a digital leader through online collections

Discover how Instituto Cervantes developed digitization expertise, giving the libraries a key role in an institution-wide digital transformation program.

SKEMA Business School

Give users easy access to e-resources from any location and at any time

Learn how SKEMA Business School simplified access to e-resources both on and off campus and gained a clear picture of library usage around the world.

Customized Anythink Box subscription program for kids.

Build lasting connections with diverse communities

Learn how OCLC Wise helped Anythink Libraries improve community engagement efforts with customized programs.

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Get secure e-resource access for remote users and actionable usage insights

Learn how the Royal Library Belgium (KBR) provided secure access to e-resources for remote users and gained a deeper understanding of usage.

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Gain greater visibility and share research internationally

Learn how staff at Università degli Studi di Enna Kore made more resources available to their users, while also increasing their global reach.

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Maximize delivery speed of your resource sharing service

Find out how smart fulfillment functionality across all OCLC resource sharing services empowers libraries to meet user expectations.

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Simplify ILL to increase requests

Learn how the SAE Institute dramatically increased ILL requests by simplifying both their users' experience and resource sharing workflows.

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Increase collaboration and consistency

Find out how Mannix Library simplified access and enriched the user experience across several libraries in their system.

Entrance of Te Pātaka Kōrero, the library at Te Herenga Waka-Victoria University of Wellington

Advance research through ongoing collection assessment

Learn how Te Herenga Waka-Victoria University of Wellington keeps print collections updated and lean to support modern research needs.

Student in the library at Wageningen University & Research

Transform the global visibility of research outputs

Learn how Wageningen University & Research’s digital collections of research images exploded in popularity, creating a global buzz and attracting the attention of an international newspaper.

American University of Sharjah

Streamline resource sharing for improved service

See how American University of Sharjah made interlibrary loan requests easier for both staff members and library users.

Students working in the library at Oxford Brookes University

Automate workflows and create new possibilities for library services

Learn how staff at Oxford Brookes University were able to offer new services, increase visibility of and access to their collections, and raise the library profile to key stakeholders.

Overview of the ‘Grande Galerie’ [grand gallery] at Utrecht University Library, City Center

Prepare to ensure a smooth implementation

Find out how Utrecht University prepared for their transition from a library system created for the physical collection to a cloud-based system.

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Outsource new title processing to get books in hands faster

Find out how Lakewood Public Library gets large monthly book orders out to library users within 24 hours of delivery.

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Promote transparency and access to information

Discover how the Documentation and Knowledge-Access Service at Barcelona City Council (SEDAC) responded to the demands of users with the cooperation and support of the international library community.

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Bring your prestigious collection out into the world

Learn how the staff at Staatsbibliothek zu Berlin keeps up with increasing demand for items from its large and respected collection.

The McClay Library at Queen's University Belfast

Open international collaborative research through special collections

Learn how Queen's University Belfast enabled researchers worldwide to find and access their special collection resources.  

Yvette Wilks at the “Show ‘Em Whatcha Got” Mass. Memories Road Show: The Hip-Hop Edition, May 2018

Ensure local history includes all communities

Discover how the University of Massachusetts Boston collects photos, stories, and videos that better represent all Massachusetts communities.

Library tour at McGill University

Share work, collections, and knowledge across the institution and beyond

See how McGill University embraced an opportunity to customize and improve workflows and to collaborate with other libraries.

Library at Università Bocconi

Expand your network and gain greater visibility internationally

Find out how Università Bocconi has provided more resources for their students and gained more visibility too.

Grounds of The Huntington Library, Art Museum, and Botanical Gardens

Share your collections online to foster the spread of information

See how The Huntington Library, Art Museum, and Botanical Gardens helps researchers find digital content and compare resources across collections.

The University of New Mexico's University Library

Select resources for off-site storage with confidence and transparency

Understand how The University of New Mexico's library staff gained support and enthusiasm from faculty when moving library resources to off-site storage.

Trevecca Nazarene University's Waggoner Library

Define success through increased engagement and simpler processes

See how Trevecca Nazarene University's Waggoner Library streamlined workflows and increased database usage by choosing a new library system instead of a migration.

The University of Manchester Main Library

Get meaningful e-resource data to support ROI

Learn about ways The University of Manchester evaluates the value of e-resources and library services.

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Optimize small library spaces

Discover how Honey Grove Library & Learning Center cost-efficiently enhanced library space to better serve the community.

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Serve the global research community through international visibility

See how CSIC, the Spanish National Research Council, engages with researchers worldwide through highly visible collections.

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Amplify classroom lessons with immersive technology

Learn how Nevada State Library, Archives, and Public Records supports school libraries through extended and virtual reality technology.

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Give staff more time and users more resources

Learn how Huachiew Chalermprakiet University has increased resource access and saved staff time.

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Empower your strategy through valuable library research

Learn how Northeastern University used archives and special collections research to launch the library’s strategy for reaching online learners and to highlight their unique collections.

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Expedite label printing with easy customization

Learn more about how Gateway Seminary is creating custom book spine labels faster than ever.

New York University Library Atrium

Improve access to e-resources with time-saving automated processes

Learn how New York University Libraries improved cataloging processes for massive and ever-changing e-collections.

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Ensure seamless user experiences during renovations

Learn how the University of New Brunswick quickly updated hundreds of thousands of cataloging records.

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Speed up inventory with technology that fits in your hand

Find out how staff at Eastern Kentucky University accelerated their library’s inventory projects.

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Deliver information efficiently and securely all over the world

Find out how Zentralbibliothek Zürich simplified and automated international interlibrary loan processes.  

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Find more time and more resources to help users

Understand how Sacred Heart University provides large demand-driven acquisition collections with time left over to improve discovery services.

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Build on existing services to better support students

See how The University of Winnipeg provided more services to the university and library community by simplifying back-office work.

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Drive museum discovery through a single search

Hear how the Victoria and Albert Museum’s National Art Library improved user experience and increased visibility of their electronic and print collections.

OADTL staff

Make open content discoverable to share with the world

Discover how the Open Access Digital Theological Library achieves its mission to make religious scholarly content freely available worldwide.

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Deliver more study space and benchmark library stock

Find out how University College London manages extensive library collections safely across 18 sites and an off-site storage facility.

University of Gloucestershire

Delight library users by transforming their borrowing experience

Find out how the University of Gloucestershire doubled interlibrary loan requests while reducing the running costs of the service.

Students at the University of Applied Sciences Wiener Neustadt

Combine academic and public libraries for increased service

See how the University of Applied Sciences Wiener Neustadt and the Wiener Neustadt public library combined their collections to reach a broader audience.

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Contribute to and benefit from shared cataloging

Find out how catalogers at the California Digital Library share work and rely on other libraries’ contributions.

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Open new research opportunities with your digital collections

Find out how the Harry Ransom Center made a unique collection more accessible and useful to scholars worldwide.

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Preserve your resources and increase visibility

Learn how the Institut Cartogràfic i Geològic de Catalunya preserved their delicate and fragile collections.

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Participate in research to refine requirements

Discover how libraries engage with their cooperative to drive the future of metadata management.

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Build stronger community engagement

See how Rotterdam Public Library innovates to better serve the community.

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Optimize interlibrary loan services with new technology

Learn how Kutztown University made interlibrary loan processes more efficient.

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Cooperate and innovate to secure the future of libraries

Learn how the Complutense University Library participates in global projects to benefit all libraries.

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Transform remote e-resource access without the overhead cost

Find out how the University of Suffolk provides seamless e-resource access without the problems of locally deployed systems.

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Make resource searching a one-stop shop

Discover how Central College streamlined its library to provide a better experience for students and staff.

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Unify your global library system

Learn how SAE Institute brought together campus libraries from around the world through a single system.

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Find out which library resources have the greatest influence

Discover how the University of Gloucestershire quantifies the value of the library with learning analytics.

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Share your nation’s cultural heritage with the world

Find out how the National Library of New Zealand expanded services for libraries in New Zealand and expanded access to information worldwide.

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More easily connect library users to the resources they need

Examine how Woodbury University students easily find library resources through an accessible search.

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Expand your catalog and share with the library community at the same time

Discover how The Claremont Colleges Library improves the discoverability of their resources while contributing to the library community.

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Locate and request exactly what you need from near or far

Discover how the Massachusetts Library System efficiently finds and delivers the right items to library users across the state.

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Make connections between data, collections, and programming

Learn how the Public Library of Gouda uses data to better understand their users and provide a better customer service experience.

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Find precisely what you’re looking for without distraction

See how the University of California, Davis empowers researchers with quick and efficient access to the resources they need worldwide.

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Save time and money while still honoring your inner perfectionist

Learn how Saddleback College keeps its library catalog more current, has more money for library priorities, and helps new staff members rise to challenges.

Students in Syracuse University Libraries' Learning Commons

Locate hard-to-find resources with a quick, precise search

Discover how Syracuse University supports researchers’ needs for unique resources in a variety of languages.

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Optimize library outcomes in your community

Find out how the Delaware Division of Libraries got a better understanding of how to align community needs and library services.

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Demonstrate the value of your special collections

Learn how Saint Anselm College analyzed its special collections to identify rare items and strategically focus collection development.

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Better understand your collection and how to expand it

See how SCELC compared collections to improve resource sharing and collection development and to secure print retention commitments.

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Innovate with a reliable partner

Learn how Midden-Brabant Public Library innovated to enhance and develop talent within their local community.

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Empower communities to learn from and share reliable information

Find out how public libraries are bringing Wikipedia into their libraries—and putting their libraries’ resources on Wikipedia.

Students at Medicine Hat College

Help users find all the resources your library offers

Find out how Medicine Hat College’s library made their video databases easier for students and faculty to locate.

Students in Swinburne University of Technology library

Simplify your electronic demand-driven acquisition program

Learn how Swinburne University of Technology keeps electronic demand-driven acquisition titles discoverable, accessible and circulating. 

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Improve discovery of your entire collection

Find out how Hillsdale College makes it easier for users and reference librarians to find the information they need in the library’s catalog.

University of Auckland library

Save time maintaining your e-collections

Discover how the University of Auckland maintains its catalog with up-to-date records for electronic resources. 

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Dedicate more time to sharing research globally

Learn how Liverpool School of Tropical Medicine’s library supports institutional goals using the cloud.

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Focus your time on your library's strengths

Discover how the College of Saint Benedict and Saint John's University Libraries found more time to devote to faculty and student support.

Students at Tulsa Community College

Support changing roles with reduced workloads

Learn how Tulsa Community College library eased workloads across campuses without increasing the budget.


Simplify resource sharing by using the cloud

See how Ohio Wesleyan University improved services by shifting interlibrary loan processes to the cloud.


Empower staff by helping them to do more

Learn how Bryant University saved time and money to allow staff members to focus on better resources, user services and reporting.


Share solutions through global collaboration

Learn how ADA University in Azerbaijan engages with libraries worldwide to share resources, culture and knowledge.


Make history relevant in a visual culture

Discover how the Indiana Historical Society organizes online images in a way that allows people around the world to easily browse and learn about Indiana's history.


Collaborate for better services across campuses

Find out how Antioch University's five libraries, spread throughout the United States, came together to provide a flexible, consistent and comprehensive experience for students and faculty.


Involve your community in local history

Find out how the Douglas County History Research Center expanded their collection through cooperation with local organizations.

University of KwaZulu-Natal

Streamline staff workflows and consolidate resource access

Find out how the University of KwaZulu-Natal improved user services and the use of staff resources


Maintain great user services even with reduced staff

Learn how the Chase Law Library continued to provide a high level of service to students and faculty despite a reorganization and a smaller staff.


Bring your hidden resources to light

Discover how the Moravian Music Foundation exposed its rare and unique collections to music lovers worldwide.


Offer your collection as a service

Find out how Erasmus University Rotterdam library refocused library tasks on supporting faculty and students with information and library resources.


Help students specialize their studies

Learn how Goucher College library supports study-abroad students through access to resources focused on specific locations and cultures.


Connect users to the resources they need

Discover how Camden Theological Library made time to tackle projects that highlighted more resources for library users.


Cooperate to strengthen libraries in all communities

Learn how the Red Cliff Band of Lake Superior Chippewa reestablished a Tribal community library through a partnership with University of Wisconsin – Madison's School of Library and Information Studies.


Engage your community through common interests

See how Denver Public Library stays relevant by reaching people through the activities they already enjoy.

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Search in one place for resources worldwide

Learn how librarians at John Cabot University improved access to resources from both their libraries and libraries worldwide.


Share history's most difficult lessons to improve the future

Find out how a group of scholars and librarians came together to help people learn about civil rights, African American issues, and the impact of history on today's culture.


Share your specialized collections

Learn how Anabaptist Mennonite Biblical Seminary shares its focused collections and meets students' broader needs.