Two Billion Holdings in WorldCat

OCLC

WorldCat hit a milestone with the cataloging of Evaluation of the City of Lakes Family Health Team Patient Portal Pilot Project by the University of Alberta Libraries. It was the two billionth item added to OCLC WorldCat.

WorldCat is a catalog of bibliographic records continually added to and updated by over 11,000 libraries worldwide. WorldCat is where most interlibrary loan librarians look to find stuff. The general public also has access to this catalog by going to WorldCat.org. Basically, if you can’t find an item in WorldCat, it is not available for interlibrary loan.

According to Jay Jordan, OCLC President and CEO, “It is astounding that the number of holdings in WorldCat has doubled in less than eight years. This is a strong testimony to the power of global library collaboration. I want to thank the University of Alberta, and the thousands of librarians and catalogers around the world who are working daily to create this unique and valuable resource for knowledge seekers everywhere.”

You are not limited to the collections in your local library. Think of WorldCat as the virtual addition to your local library, giving you access to items from around the world. Check out Worldcat.org for books, serials, DVDs, CDs, maps, dissertations, and mixed formats. At Worldcat.org you can browse by fiction genres. Within each genre you will find the genre definition; related genres; authors, books, and movies in the genre; browse the genre by subjects, characters, and places. Each genre has an adult section and a children and teens section. WorldCat brings the libraries of the world to your desktop or smart phone.

“The trouble with the world is that the stupid are cocksure and the intelligent are full of doubt.”  –Bertrand Russell

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