To improve access to the world's information and reduce library costs by offering services for libraries and their users.
The Online Computer Library Center evolved out of the Ohio College Library Center, which was established in 1967 to develop a computerized system enabling academic institutions in the state to share resources and reduce costs. Now known as the Online Computer Library Center, the group is a nonprofit, service and research organization with more than 57,000 member libraries in 112 countries and territories. Membership in OCLC provides libraries access to a wide range of services and databases, including WorldCat, the OCLC Online Union Catalog. Together, OCLC member libraries make up the world's largest consortium.
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OCLC's community section includes the organization's newsletter, NextSpace, membership reports, career development, presentations, and information on advocacy and activities. In addition, OCLC provides a librarian's toolbox, Web sessions, product updates, and a list of participating OCLC libraries.