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WorldCat Web Services

Let users of your Web site discover content and resources in WorldCat libraries worldwide

Make library-based resources part of your Web experience!  WorldCat Affiliate Services integrate seamlessly into your application and let your users see complementary sources of information, look up physical items in WorldCat member libraries, and link to electronic resources such as full-text articles. Any Web-based application—including search engines, online databases, e-commerce sites, e-learning environments, library systems and other information services—can be easily enhanced with these tools. Information is drawn from quality bibliographic and institutional metadata contributed and updated by thousands of librarians and other information professionals.

Use of WorldCat Affiliate Services requires registration and agreement to Terms and Conditions. (OCLC Affiliate Services Terms & Conditions have been modified as of 4/3/2009.) Some Web services require fee-based authentication beyond certain service levels. End users of Affiliate services may be required to have an active membership with the participating library for full access to local services and electronic content.

Widgets and tools for everyone

WorldCat list widget

Let visitors to your Web site view items on your WorldCat list in a compact widget. Scrollable results include links to the WorldCat.org detailed record for each item.

WorldCat keyword search widget

Let visitors to your subject-specific Web page review top results for related library-owned items in a compact widget. Scrollable results include links to the WorldCat.org detailed record for each item.

WorldCat search widget

Put a WorldCat search box on your Web site so visitors can find library items.

WorldCat links with embedded search terms

Create Web links to WorldCat results for one or more subject, author or title keywords.

Web services for developers

WorldCat Search API

Search WorldCat and receive bibliographic records for cataloged items, information about libraries that own the items and links to online catalog records when available.

WorldCat Registry Search

Retrieve basic information about multiple or single libraries or consortia, based on institutional profiles in the WorldCat Registry.

WorldCat Registry Detail

Retrieve detailed information about a single library or consortium, based on its institutional profile in the WorldCat Registry.

xISBN

Retrieve a list of International Standard Book Numbers (ISBNs) associated with a submitted ISBN, allowing end users to review other editions of that item.

xISSN

Get information about serials, including predecessor and successor and alternate ISSNs and titles.

OpenURL Gateway

Direct Web users to full text and other online resources at an appropriate library based on the user's IP address.

Use of WorldCat Affiliate Program tools may require registration and/or fee-based authentication and agreement to Terms and Conditions. Full access to local services and electronic content may require end users to have an active membership with the participating library.