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WorldCat is an online catalog stystem which lists the combined collections of 70,000+ libraries in 170 countries.[1]

WorldCat was built by the Online Computer Library Center (OCLC), which is a global cooperative of libraries. WorldCat is maintained by the group of libraries.[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]

  • 2006 -- Deutsche Nationalbibliothek adds 4 million new records

References[change | change source]

  1. Online computer Library Center (OCLC), "WorldCat facts and statistics"; retrieved 2012-10-19.
  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.

More reading[change | change source]

  • Wendy M. Grossman (21 January 2009). "Why you can't find a library book in your search engine: Finding a book at your local library should just involve a simple web search; but thanks to a US cataloguing site, that is far from the case". The Guardian.

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