Libraries & Groups: Address shared challenges at scale
OCLC is different. From the beginning, we’ve been a nonprofit, member-driven organization. No investors here. Everything we do is focused on helping libraries connect, share, and thrive.
When we come together as a growing network of libraries, we address shared challenges at scale. And we can better understand the evolving needs of libraries, their users, and their communities. Thousands of libraries, archives, museums, and industry groups in more than 100 countries actively contribute data and use OCLC services to achieve valuable efficiencies and greater impact.
As an OCLC member, your institution benefits by:
Take advantage of cost savings, improved efficiencies, and new technologies that maximize the power of cooperative, cloud-based services and shared data.
Inspired by extensive user research and realized through OCLC’s wide range of products and services, learn more about our Library on-demand vision for libraries.
OCLC products help libraries address these challenges by sharing data, streamlining workflows, and connecting people to the knowledge held in the world's library collections.
Participate and benefit from our original research, pilots, and beta software activities, and take advantage of OCLC’s Developer Network and APIs.
Explore and learn from one of the largest library-focused research organizations in the world, with publications, videos, and events.
Benefit from the shared knowledge of your peers in the Community Center and explore the wealth of training topics in WebJunction. Our learning platforms support global engagement with thousands of library staff each day.
Not just online help, but a collaborative network providing peer-to-peer learning and feedback that drives development of new features for OCLC products and services.
Gain opportunities for library staff to take part in thought leadership discussions, online webinars, and lending leadership to Regional and Global Councils.
Meet global challenges with collaborative leadership
Every year, Global Council votes on an area of focus to help concentrate efforts around a challenge facing libraries around the world. This important work spans not only geographic regions, but all types of libraries, while providing opportunities for professionals at all levels of their careers to participate and add their voices and ideas to the conversation. Council also works with OCLC staff to develop original research around these themes, producing ongoing resources and presentations.
This year’s theme, “Global goals, collective action,” was chosen to resonate with the United Nations Sustainable Development Goals.
Previous Global Council projects
Discovery and fulfillment: Learn more about global library staff and user perceptions and expectations about discovery and fulfillment, and about what they believe are the next big areas of impact.
Open access and open content: Read about efforts to explore open access and open content and how by working together, we can build a common foundation for cooperation to widen access to free, online content.
Become an OCLC member
Becoming an OCLC member requires action. Many institutions maintain membership by contributing holdings to WorldCat as a single institution, as a member of a consortium, or through a state or national library. While there is no separate membership fee, OCLC members contractually agree to participate in cooperative services.
Interested in getting more involved as an individual?
Learn how you can be part of a global network sharing your expertise and services.