Royal Library of Belgium joins OCLC, adds records to WorldCat to increase visibility of collection

KBR will add millions of records of Belgian publications

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DUBLIN, Ohio, 28 June 2023—The Royal Library of Belgium is adding millions of bibliographic records to WorldCat, a move that will gain more visibility for the library’s collection and provide more opportunities for cooperation among OCLC’s network of libraries worldwide.

The Royal Library of Belgium (KBR) is adding metadata to WorldCat, which includes records from its museum, a collection of more than 8 million cultural and historical documents. KBR collects all Belgian publications and preserves, manages and studies an extensive cultural and historical heritage. It provides access to information, facilitates research, and offers a broad cultural experience.

“KBR hopes that researchers, students, and those interested in culture will find their way to KBR’s collections and feel welcome,” said Sophie Vandepontseele, KBR’s Director of Contemporary Collections. “We also feel welcome at OCLC and look forward to a fruitful cooperation.”

WorldCat is the most comprehensive global network of data about library collections and services. For more than 50 years, OCLC metadata experts, libraries, content providers and others have contributed, enhanced, improved, and shared bibliographic data to connect cultural and scholarly resources in libraries worldwide. Metadata from the KBR collection will be enriched and improved cooperatively with OCLC staff and member libraries.

KBR collections will also be visible through WorldCat.org, the freely accessible website where anyone can search the collections of thousands of libraries, as well as through WorldCat.org partner sites.

“We’re proud to welcome the Royal Library of Belgium as an OCLC member library,” said Eric van Lubeek, OCLC Vice President, Global Library Services, and Managing Director, EMEA & APAC. “The KBR collection will enrich WorldCat and elevate the visibility of these important works, and OCLC will enrich these records to improve discoverability. Scholars and researchers worldwide will benefit from this partnership.”

More about the Royal Library of Belgium is at https://www.kbr.be.

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