Originally the Ohio College Library Consortium, OCLC has emerged as the leading constoria of libraries. OCLC promotes shared cataloging, interlibrary loan systems, access to electronic databases through FirstSearch, and other services to libraries.
OCLC is a global library cooperative providing 43,559 libraries in 86 countries with access to databases and the ability to share cataloging and resources through Inter-Library Loan. The main OCLC database containing over 49 million bibliographic records is called World Cat.
See: Online Computer Library Catalog
OCLC is a library cooperative that has ILL, searching, cataloging, cooperative database purchasing and other services. The term 'OCLC' is also used to refer to OCLC's ILL and cataloging databases.
On-line Computer Library Center, a company in Dublin, Ohio that provides on-line library cataloguing service.
Online Computer Library Center
A non-profit cooperative organization of libraries that serves to share data and make cataloging easier. OCLC includes over 43,000 libraries in 86 countries, and provides quick information to booksellers and collectors about which libraries have a copy of a particular title. Access to OCLC is by fee-based subscription service, most commonly available at libraries.
Onine Computer Library Center
Nonprofit membership organization serving libraries around the world to further access to the world's information and reduce library costs by offering services for libraries and their users.
originally these letters stood for Ohio College Library Center, a once-regional (now international) library network. Among other services, it provides a machine-readable data base for cataloging and requesting interlibrary loan materials. The FirstSearch databases, including WorldCat, are products of OCLC.
OCLC is a nonprofit membership organization serving 41,000 libraries in 82 countries and territories around the world providing a shared cataloging system and ILL service for libraries.
A computerized system used to catalog books and other library material. Also, used to find out which libraries own what books and to place interlibrary loans for those books.
A library service provider
Nonprofit library service and research organization located in Dublin, Ohio, used by libraries to catalog library materials, arrange interlibrary loans and maintain location information on library materials. In Montana, many libraries of all types use the OCLC bibliographic database for cataloging, interlibrary loan and reference. See also WorldCat.
Online Computer Library Catalog. A nonprofit membership organization offering computer-based services to libraries, educational organizations, and their users. The OCLC library information network connects more than 10,000 libraries worldwide. Libraries use the OCLC System for cataloging, interlibrary loan, collection development, bibliographic verification, and reference searching.
An organization that provides, among other services, a bibliographic utility for libraries to share catalog records.
A non-profit company that produces the database that Niagara University Library uses to request materials from other libraries via Interlibrary Loan. If someone says to you: "We could not find your Interlibrary Loan request on OCLC," what they mean is that the item could not be found in the Interlibrary Loan database. (which is actually quite a rare occurrence). OCLC is also the company that produces the FIRSTSEARCH database system.