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A union catalog which itemizes the collections of more than 71,000 libraries which participate in the Online Computer Library Center global cooperative.

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WorldCat.org: world library catalog

  • Oct 11, 2009
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WorldCat.org searches library catalogs for a book, CD, DVD, you want. The library rearest to you that has the book displays at top of list. Save money, read books for free.

Tip: Get more library cards. In most US states, libraries will give you a library card if you live in that state. Find out their policies from their websites. Usually you need ID with your address, or mail addressed to you.

Get library cards for libraries in your area. Create user accounts on the libraries' websites. Use WorldCat to locate a book you want to read. From a listing on the WorldCat search page, click through to your library account. Request the book. It's placed on the hold shelf in that library for you to pick up.

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October 12, 2009
I love libraries!  And I'm sure that the contributors of the Books Community will appreciate this review, too.  Thanks for sharing, Jordan! :)
October 12, 2009
I added the tags: Book, Books. Does that help connect this review to the Books Community? Would I need to make another review over there? That would be too much work to do every time I make a data point. Did you edit the wiki, or did the software get the text from WorldCat site?
October 12, 2009
To answer your questions, yes, adding the tag "books" would automatically add this review to the Books Community, so no need for any extra work. If you look at that community now, you will see that your review is in it! And I edited the wiki by using an excerpt from Wikipedia. Hope that answers your questions! :)
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WorldCat is a union catalog which itemizes the collections of more than 71,000 libraries which participate in the Online Computer Library Center (OCLC) global cooperative. It is built and maintained collectively by the participating libraries from more than ninety countries. Created in 1971, it contains more than 90 million different records pointing to over 1.4 billion (as of 2009) physical and digital assets in more than 360 languages, as of November 2007. It is the world's largest bibliographic database. OCLC makes WorldCat itself available free to libraries, but the catalog is the foundation for other fee-based OCLC services (such as resource sharing and collection management). WorldCat was founded by Fred Kilgour in 1967.

In 2003, OCLC began the "Open WorldCat" pilot program, making abbreviated records from a subset of WorldCat available to partner Web sites and booksellers, to increase the accessibility of its member libraries’ collections. In 2006, it became possible to search WorldCat directly at its website. In 2007, WorldCat Identities began providing pages for 20 million 'identities', predominantly authors and persons who are the subjects of published titles.
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