OCLC

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.

OCLC, Inc.
TypeNonprofit cooperative
IndustryInformation
FoundedJuly 5, 1967; 55 years ago (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
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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

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