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WorldCat is a very big online catalog, a list of books and things like books in tens of thousands of libraries in many countries.[1]

WorldCat was built by OCLC, which is an organization of libraries. WorldCat is maintained by the group of libraries in OCLC.[2]

History[change | change source]

In the 1970s, OCLC grew from a regional computer system for 54 Ohio colleges into an international network.[3]

In 1979, the first Canadian and the first international library joined OCLC.[3]

Timeline[change | change source]

On August 26, 1971, the OCLC Online Union Catalog, now called WorldCat, went online.[4]

References[change | change source]

  1. "About OCLC". OCLC. Archived from the original on 2022-03-11. Retrieved 2022-03-11.
  2. OCLC, "Vision, the world's libraries connected"; retrieved 2012-10-19.
  3. 3.0 3.1 OCLC, "History of OCLC; retrieved 2012-10-19.
  4. OCLC, "Brief history of OCLC activities with national libraries outside the U.S."; retrieved 2012-10-19.

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