research libraries

Libraries at academic research institutions support a community of student and faculty scholars with in-depth information about a wide variety of topics. These libraries face unique challenges to making research accessible to all users, including concerns about copyrights, open-access scholarship, electronic and special collections maintenance and disambiguation of researchers. OCLC supports these libraries in their efforts to advance scholarly study through services that simplify their workflows and through library-focused research and initiatives.

Participants in Research Library Partnership Retreat

Advance your knowledge, your skills, and your library

OCLC Research accelerates and scales learning, innovation, and collaboration to advance libraries and librarianship. We conduct rigorous, in-depth research about the library community and publish our findings in freely available reports. Research libraries may join the Research Library Partnership for a unique opportunity to collaborate closely with peers worldwide.

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Adam Siegel showing FirstSearch to a UC Davis student

Find precisely what you’re looking for without distraction

Student and faculty researchers at the University of California, Davis, need to find the resources they need worldwide quickly and efficiently. Their search tool allows them to dive into library catalogs to find what they need, confident that their results reflect their specific search parameters. 

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Students in the general library, The University of Auckland

Save time maintaining your e-collections

The University of Auckland catalog is about 40% electronic resources and growing. The library staff needed a way to streamline their e-resource workflows without sacrificing the quality of the cataloging records. Through automated delivery of high-quality records, they now save time while ensuring that users can find and access what they need.

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Librarian speaking in front of University of KwaZulu-Natal's library

Streamline staff workflows and consolidate resource access

The University of KwaZulu-Natal library staff needed more time to fulfill the mission of the library and the university to be the premier investiture in African scholarship. By switching to a cloud-based library system, the staff found more time and provided improved services to users.

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University of Leicester Library

Increase the reach of your digital collection

Librarians at the University of Leicester realized that the special collections in their library were invisible to the many people who begin their research online. They wanted to increase access to their special collections, not only for their students, but also for local organizations and the public. Now that they have shared their collections online, the international profile of their resources has grown.

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Students in front of University of Glasgow Library

Bring users resources from across the globe

With an increased need from their students for a wide array of resources, librarians from the University of Glasgow Library realized that they needed to expand the range of their collections with the support of interlibrary loans. Their use of interlibrary loan has allowed them to offer resources from all over the globe in a quick and easy manner for their users, cutting time and costs. 

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Students using computers in Syracuse University Libraries' Learning Commons

Locate hard-to-find resources with a quick, precise search

Syracuse University Libraries support scholars with diverse interests, which can require identifying and accessing unique items in a variety of languages. With a library search tool that reaches into worldwide library collections, the library staff can help scholars find and get exactly what they need.

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