Online Computer Library Center

From WikiAlpha
Jump to: navigation, search

OCLC, Inc., doing business as OCLC, 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." 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. OCLC and thousands of its member libraries cooperatively produce and maintain WorldCat, the world's largest online public access catalog (OPAC). OCLC is funded mainly by the fees that libraries pay (around $217.8 million annually as of 2021) for its many different services. OCLC also maintains the Dewey Decimal Classification