Partner with OCLC
OCLC is a global library cooperative that supports thousands of libraries in making information more accessible and useful. If you're interested in partnering with OCLC, find the partner program that's right for you.
Why partner with OCLC?
OCLC is a global library cooperative, and we create value for our partners through this cooperative.
- We can connect you to libraries and information seekers all over the world
- We can increase the visibility of your content and integrate it into library workflows
- We can grow your customer base and enrich your end user experience
Become an OCLC content partner
OCLC staff and member libraries create the highest-quality and most up-to-date bibliographic data in the library industry, and we deliver it worldwide at the point of need. As an OCLC content partner, you’ll gain access to our technology and global network to integrate your content into library workflows.
If you provide third-party cataloging and/or record processing, please complete the Third-Party Cataloging and Record Processing Agreement Request form.
Prove your e-content's value
OCLC partner e-content is more discoverable, accessible, and secure. We create records and index publications in library products and the open web. To streamline access, we automate holdings and authentication data management. And we authenticate end user access with robust security protocols to protect e-content.
Streamline your workflows
If you sell physical materials to libraries, don’t reinvent the wheel—partner with OCLC to determine if we already have the information you need because chances are, we do. We can license WorldCat® records or provide you with access to record and library holdings information for mutual library customers in WorldCat.
Deliver best-in-class records
OCLC content partners include cataloging service providers that work with OCLC to deliver the highest quality records in the library industry. Many librarians prefer WorldCat records because they conform to industry standards, cover many formats and languages, and integrate seamlessly into cataloging workflows.
“OCLC are the de facto MARC record and library system experts. Partnering with OCLC means Taylor & Francis can benefit from that expertise and provide library customers with accurate and timely metadata for our hundreds of thousands of e-book titles.”
Director, Content & Discovery, Taylor & Francis
Become an OCLC integration partner
If you love libraries, you’re in good company. OCLC puts librarians at the center of every product we build, and we build them in an API-first way to streamline integrations. There are many ways to integrate your technology with ours to expand your customer base and enhance your services.
If you're already an OCLC integration partner and need to manage your API keys or access documentation, visit the OCLC Developer Network.
Grow your customer base
As an OCLC integration partner you'll connect with a global library cooperative of approximately 16,000 members in more than 100 countries. Not only will you expand your customer base, but you’ll serve existing customers better. Even if you integrate with our technology today, let's strive to simplify and enhance library workflows.
Enrich your user experience
Partner with OCLC so your users can find the information they need. You can link to WorldCat.org or use APIs to integrate metadata about library materials into your application or site. Our APIs and web services help you seamlessly deliver library data to readers, researchers, and other end users.
Advance library goals
We strive to grow our network of partners to advance the mission of libraries, and strategic integration partnerships enable us to streamline library workflows and meet their evolving needs. If your technology can enhance our library products and services, let's have a conversation about partnering.
“OCLC is one of our valued integration partners. Our partnership brings together the best of both worlds—their footprint and the breadth of our content collection. Together it allows us to serve the research community with streamlined, connected, and efficient on-demand access to literature.”
Head of Academic Business Development, Reprints Desk
Explore other partnership opportunities
There are many ways to partner with OCLC. We’d love to hear your ideas on ways we can advance libraries and librarianship together. Learn about other opportunities to partner with us.
The Dewey Decimal Classification system is the world's most widely used method to organize library collections. If you're interested in licensing the Dewey® name or classification numbers for a legitimate business purpose, OCLC has established licensing arrangements.
Our international distributors help us serve libraries in new markets. We value their deep understanding of their markets and the library ecosystem. We work with a variety of distributors so our products and services can support libraries globally.
Mergers and acquisitions
We engage in mergers and acquisitions that support the cooperative and advance its mission of making information more accessible and useful. We seek to partner with companies that share in this mission and are committed to the goals of libraries.
Join the growing community of OCLC partners around the globe.
Our typical partnership process
Both new and existing partners should fill out the
"contact us" form below.
We'll be in touch
Someone from our business development team
will connect with you.
Align on solutions
We'll have a conversation about your needs and
think through the best approach.
Contact us about partnering
We'd love to have a conversation about how we can help you enhance your services.