OCLC

Coordinates: 40°06′09″N 83°07′37″W / 40.1025°N 83.1269°W / 40.1025; -83.1269

OCLC, Inc.
TypeNonprofit cooperative
IndustryInformation
FoundedJuly 5, 1967 (1967-07-05) (as Ohio College Library Center)
FounderFrederick G. Kilgour
Headquarters,
US
Area served
Worldwide
Key people
Skip Prichard, President and CEO[1]
Products
[2]
Revenue$217.8 million[3] (2020–21)
Total assets$425 million[4] (2015–16)
Total equity$239 million[4] (2015–16)
Members30,000+ libraries in 100+ countries[5] (2022)
WebsiteOfficial website Edit this at Wikidata

OCLC, Inc., doing business as OCLC,[6] is an American nonprofit cooperative organization "that provides shared technology services, original research, and community programs for its membership and the library community at large".[5] It was founded in 1967 as the Ohio College Library Center, then became the Online Computer Library Center as it expanded. In 2017, the name was formally changed to OCLC, Inc.[6] OCLC and thousands of its member libraries cooperatively produce and maintain WorldCat, the largest online public access catalog (OPAC) in the world.[7] OCLC is funded mainly by the fees that libraries pay (around $217.8 million annually in total as of 2021) for the many different services it offers.[3] OCLC also maintains the Dewey Decimal Classification system.

  1. ^ "OCLC leadership". www.oclc.org. OCLC. Archived from the original on January 21, 2022. Retrieved March 10, 2022.
  2. ^ "OCLC Qualifying Subscriptions for Membership" (PDF). www.oclc.org. OCLC. February 15, 2022. Archived (PDF) from the original on March 11, 2022. Retrieved March 11, 2022.
  3. ^ a b "OCLC Annual Report 2020–2021". Dublin, Ohio: OCLC. December 20, 2021. Archived from the original on March 11, 2022. Retrieved March 11, 2022.
  4. ^ a b "OCLC Consolidated Financial Statements 2015–16" (PDF). OCLC. September 12, 2016. Archived (PDF) from the original on April 14, 2021. Retrieved May 28, 2017.
  5. ^ a b "About OCLC". OCLC. Archived from the original on March 11, 2022. Retrieved March 11, 2022.
  6. ^ a b "Certificate of Amendment of the Amended Articles of Incorporation of OCLC Online Computer Library Center, Inc". Ohio Secretary of State. June 26, 2017. Archived from the original on March 21, 2020. Retrieved August 18, 2019. See also: "Amended Articles of Incorporation of OCLC, Inc" (PDF). www.oclc.org. OCLC. June 23, 2017. Archived (PDF) from the original on March 11, 2022. Retrieved March 11, 2022.
  7. ^ Oswald, Godfrey (2017). "Largest unified international library catalog". Library world records (3rd ed.). Jefferson, NC: McFarland & Company. p. 291. ISBN 9781476667775. OCLC 959650095. Archived from the original on March 8, 2020. Retrieved December 11, 2019.

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