How to become a contributor

An online application is available for agencies that wish to participate in VIAF.

Following the submission of an application, OCLC staff will contact the agency to obtain the authority and bibliographic record test files. OCLC processes the records to match name headings from the source files with VIAF records built from content previously supplied by other VIAF contributors. If an agency's application is successful, the agency enters into agreement with OCLC and sends its full bibliographic and authority files to OCLC. Contributors are also expected to supply OCLC with updates on a regular cycle.

Please send any questions related to the application process to oclcviaf@oclc.org.