OCLC partners with more than 400 organizations to help boost library visibility, power new and better services for libraries, and enhance the efficiency of library workers. We exchange data, connect workflows and share applications with a wide range of companies—building partnerships that provide value back to OCLC members.

Content partners

  • Cambridge University Press
  • ebrary
  • Ebook Library
  • Elsevier
  • Gale/Cengage Learning
  • Ingram
  • John Wiley
  • McGraw-Hill
  • ProQuest
  • Springer

More than 350 publishers and aggregators make metadata, cover art, tables of contents, summaries or reviews available about their electronic, digital and print resources through WorldCat, the WorldCat knowledge base and WorldShare applications. This makes it easier to find content you and your patrons need and saves your library time and money in cataloging, collection management, acquisitions and other areas.

Library services

  • Credo Reference
  • ExLibris Primo
  • ProQuest
  • Relais
  • Summon
  • Scannx

Libraries have a growing number of systems and services they use or integrate with—from acquisition and e-resource management to discovery and resource sharing. OCLC works with partners that build these applications—supplying Web services that enable greater choice, integration and library service innovation.

Consumer services

  • Amazon
  • Blackboard
  • Desire2Learn
  • EasyBib
  • FamilySearch
  • Goodreads
  • Google Books and Google Scholar
  • Lexile
  • Mendeley
  • Microsoft
  • Yelp

Through partnerships with search engines, popular websites and learning management systems, the collective collection of libraries—WorldCat—is visible on the web to people everywhere. When you subscribe to OCLC Cataloging and Metadata and FirstSearch/WorldCat Discovery, your collections are visible from the sites where they begin their research, bringing searchers back your library. These partners generate more than 10 million visits to library catalogs each year.

How to make the most of OCLC partnerships

In many cases, your library will receive the benefits of OCLC partnerships without having to do anything at all. For example, if you subscribe to OCLC cataloging and discovery services, your resources will automatically be made visible in any new search engine or consumer site that utilizes the WorldCat Search API. There are things you can do, however, to leverage other partnerships that deliver greater value to your library.

If you’re not an OCLC member


Learn more about becoming an OCLC member or find a member library near you.

If you’re currently an OCLC member

Get your electronic resources in front of your users more easily with the WorldCat knowledge base. If you already catalog with OCLC, you can add holdings information for your e-collections, making those materials easier to find, use and manage.

Surface your unique digital collections within our partners’ services with the WorldCat Digital Collection Gateway. It’s a free tool that lets you upload metadata about your collections into WorldCat, making it instantly discoverable in WorldCat.org, WorldCat Local and our partner sites.

Learn how to get started with the Digital Collection Gateway, then register and log in.

Ask your other library service providers about how to get WorldCat data working within your current applications. If they partner with us, you may be able to get more value from both services just by “letting them know about each other.” The OCLC Member Services Team can help you understand how to get the most out of your OCLC membership and related partner services.

Tell us which other partners you’d like us to work with.

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Videos and presentations

How FamilySearch and OCLC WorldCat are Boosting Genealogy Records Access

Lisa Louise Cooke, of the podcast “Genealogy Gems,” chats with Jay Jordan, President Emeritus of OCLC, about the collaboration between OCLC and FamilySearch to bring better access to genealogical records and resources to everyone.

Partner Program Spotlight

A leading genealogical resource

A partnership with FamilySearch, one of the largest repositories of international vital records materials in the world, resulted in more than 1 million genealogical records being loaded into WorldCat. WorldCat is also updated as new information is entered through locally based Family History Centers around the world. FamilySearch has also incorporated direct links to records in WorldCat.org.

Learn more about our partnership with FamilySearch »