Online Computer Library Center

global library cooperative

OCLC Online Computer Library Center, Inc. is a library service and research organization. It helps people find more information and lessens library costs.[1] It was incorporated on July 6, 1967 as the not-for-profit Ohio College Library Center.[2] 72,000 libraries in 86 countries use OCLC services to find and save library materials.[3] The organization was begun by Fred Kilgour. Its head office is in Dublin, Ohio, U.S.A.

OCLC Online Computer Library Center
TypeNonprofit membership cooperative
Founded1967 (1967)
HeadquartersDublin, Ohio,  United States
Area servedWorldwide
Key peopleRobert L. (Jay) Jordan, President and CEO
IndustryLibrary services
ProductsWorldCat, NetLibrary, FirstSearch, Dewey Decimal Classification, VDX, WebJunction, QuestionPoint
Members72,000 libraries in 86 countries and territories


  1. "About OCLC". OCLC. Archived from the original on September 16, 2012. Retrieved September 17, 2009.
  2. IDEALS, Initial system design for the Ohio College Library Center: A case history
  3. "OCLC renames European division". Ohio: Business First of Columbus. October 22, 2007. Retrieved November 9, 2007.