Join other libraries in advancing librarianship
OCLC membership gives you access to the global resources that are supported by the cooperative. OCLC was founded on the principle that by sharing intellectual property, libraries could better meet their objective of making the world's knowledge more accessible. Through membership, libraries contribute to the cooperative and benefit from the services, research, advocacy, and advancement programs.
Director, Montana Library Network at the Montana State Library (1999–2006)
Delegate, OCLC Members Council (2000–2006)
Member, OCLC Board of Trustees (2006–2012)
Becoming an OCLC member
Becoming an OCLC member requires action. Many institutions maintain membership by contributing holdings to WorldCat. This can be done as a single institution, member of a consortium, or through a state or national library. Libraries may also belong to a group that engages with OCLC on their behalf that would qualify them for OCLC membership.
While there is no separate membership fee, OCLC members contractually agree to participate in cooperative services. Part of maintaining membership in the cooperative also includes completing at least one of these activities annually:
- Contributing metadata
- Sharing holdings information
- Sharing staff resources and expertise, including participation in our virtual reference cooperative
- Making digital content available to other members through WorldCat Digital Collection Gateway
- Sharing materials using OCLC services, such as WorldShare Interlibrary Loan, ILLiad or other services
- Subscribing or contracting for an OCLC library management system that will facilitate global sharing when transitioned to WorldShare.