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 largest online public access catalog (OPAC) in the world. OCLC is funded mainly by the fees that libraries pay (around $217.8 million annually in total as of 2021[update]) for the many different services it offers. OCLC also maintains the Dewey Decimal Classification system.
|Founded||July 5, 1967 (as Ohio College Library Center)|
|Founder||Frederick G. Kilgour|
|Skip Prichard, President and CEO|
|Revenue||$217.8 million (2020–21)|
|Total assets||$425 million (2015–16)|
|Total equity||$239 million (2015–16)|
|Members||30,000+ libraries in 100+ countries (2022)|