OCLC and Google now connect web searchers directly to library collections, initial phase of project launched

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OCLC and Google are working together to directly link books discovered through Google Search and print book records in the catalogs of hundreds of US libraries. This feature is part of Google’s ongoing efforts to connect people to their local libraries through Google Search.

The initial phase of this new program connects people using Google Search to the catalogs of hundreds of US libraries whose books are cataloged in WorldCat, a global database of library collection information, and made available for discovery on the web. The program is expected to expand to more libraries and connect to more library resources in the future.

“People use Google to search the web billions of times every day,” said Skip Prichard, president and CEO of OCLC. “OCLC and Google work to ensure that libraries’ rich collections are part of their daily search for knowledge and information. This new program provides a direct link from Google search results to books held in nearby libraries. It’s a significant step forward in bringing local library collections closer to people through simple research.

These links to library catalogs can be found in several different views of Google search results for specific books, including under “Get” or “Borrow” the book options in the knowledge panel, or in Google previews Books.

More than 500 million records representing 3 billion items held in libraries have been added to the WorldCat database since its inception in 1971. Libraries cooperatively contribute, enhance and share bibliographic data through WorldCat, connecting people to cultural and scholarly resources from libraries around the world.

OCLC has worked with Google for more than 13 years to improve access to information in libraries on the Web. Currently, people using Google Search can access results from WorldCat.orgthe website where everyone can search the collective collections of libraries and find what they need in a library near them. [Emphasis Ours] This new initiative directly links Google search results to records of printed books in academic, public libraries and cultural heritage institutions near the user.

OCLC member libraries included in this program receive extended Google visibility through existing OCLC subscriptions. Inclusion requires eligible libraries to maintain current WorldCat holdings and accurate catalog address and link information in the WorldCat Registry.

To learn more about OCLC’s Web Visibility Program, visit the website at oc.lc/visibility.

See also: From 2017: Google search results now include direct links to borrow e-books from (some) libraries

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