WorldCat

Many libraries across the state have taken advantage of Tenn-Share’s low-cost subscription to OCLC’s FirstSearch WorldCat, which is good news for ALL of us! See below for

The WorldCat subscription renews on June 1st.  The subscription consists of the following:

FirstSearch WorldCat:

  • Your holdings are added to WorldCat.org and are accessible through Google and other search engines, enabling discovery of your resources
  • Unlimited searches of WorldCat through the FirstSearch interface, in addition to WorldCat.org
  • Big discounts by subscribing as part of the Tenn-Share group, as compared to individual rates
  • Free one-time upload or update of your OCLC holdings
  • WorldCat Local QuickStart is included as part of your FirstSearch WorldCat subscription!
  • This subscription does NOT include the charges for Cataloging or ongoing uploads to OCLC, or Resource Sharing (ILL) charges.  Contact OCLC for information on these charges.

New WorldCat.org features and information:
25 Reasons to Choose WorldCat
Promoting WorldCat in your library and your library in WorldCat

Base Package:

If you have questions, or if your library would like to become a subscriber, please contact Jenifer Grady.

Some other possibilities for future group purchases:

  • Group Catalog - a scoped view of TN library holdings in WorldCat
  • WorldCat Local (full version)- an interface that provides access to local holdings as well as WorldCat and other databases
  • WorldCat Navigator - single ILL management system for the consortia
  • Web-scale Management Services - Your ILS in the "cloud"

Also check out the Cataloging Partners program, which works with materials vendors to reduce cataloging costs. The Basic level is FREE!


We now have a freely-available combined search to all the institutions subscribing to WorldCat, which include all TBR universities and community colleges (except Walters State), all the UT campuses (except Health Sciences in Memphis), the majority of private academics, plus several public and school libraries.  See below for a list.

Want to create a search box for your own library website, focused on your local area?  Follow the easy directions below!

  1. Go to http://www.worldcat.org/ .
  2. Create an account for your library (upper right of the screen).
  3. Do a search, choose an item, and enter your location information (you may have to scroll down).  Use your zip code to have results file with the closest location appear first.  This is the default location for your account.
  4. Go back to the WorldCat home page and choose “WorldCat Web Services” (bottom of the screen).
  5. Choose the type of widget you'd like and past the HTML onto your web page.

Explore the links on the WorldCat homepage for other widgets, apps, badges, and plug-ins.


The Tennessee libraries included in WorldCat.org are as follows:

Academic Libraries

  • Austin Peay State University
  • Belmont University
  • Bryan College
  • Carson Newman University
  • Chattanooga State Technical Community College
  • Christian Brothers Univ
  • Cleveland State Community College
  • Columbia State Community College
  • Cumberland University
  • Dyersburg State Community College
  • East Tennessee State University
  • Free Will Baptist Bible College
  • Freed Hardeman University
  • Hiwassee College
  • Jackson State Community College
  • Johnson University
  • King College
  • Lane College
  • LeMoyne-Owen College
  • Lincoln Memorial University
  • Lipscomb University
  • Martin Methodist College
  • Memphis Theological Seminary
  • Middle Tennessee State University
  • Milligan College
  • Motlow State Community College
  • Nashville State Community College
  • Northeast State Technical Community College
  • Pellissippi State Community College
  • Rhodes College
  • Roane State Community College
  • Southern Adventist University
  • Southwest Tennessee Community College
  • Tennessee State University
  • Tennessee Tech University
  • Tennessee Wesleyan University
  • Trevecca Nazarene University
  • nion University
  • University of Memphis
  • University of the South
  • UT Chattanooga
  • UT Knoxville
  • UT Martin
  • Vanderbilt University
  • Volunteer State Community College

School Libraries

  • Lausanne Collegiate School
  • Memphis University School
  • St. Agnes Academy-St. Dominic School
  • St. George's Independent School
  • St. Mary's School
  • Webb School (Bell Buckle)

Public Libraries

  • The Brentwood Library
  • Knox County Public Library
  • Nashville Public Library

Special Libraries

  • Belmont Law Library
  • Erlanger Medical Library
  • Tennessee State Library & Archives

Why subscribe?  Thoughts from Kyle Cook, Nashville Public Library:
My feeling is that WorldCat Local is the web search most adapted to the modern web environment. I could list dozens of features I love, but here are three:

1. Next Generation Discovery
WorldCat Local is a search platform on par with Encore, EBSCO Discovery, Bibliocommons, Primo Central. Using WorldCat's exhaustive bibliographic data, you can endlessly limit searches by format, publication dates, authors. Using FRBR, WorldCat Local automatically consolidates editions of a work.

These features are all included FREE in the WorldCat Local Quickstart. WorldCat Local Quickstart must be set up by your institution, but it is not difficult. Nashville Public Library is at http://npl.worldcat.org (if you'd like help setting up WCLocal, contact Kyle at 615-862-5804 x6072 or kyle.cook (at) nashville.gov)

2. Comprehensive Search
Offers a search of all library items worldwide. Confirm the title/author of a work, even when the library does not own it. Provides you with a worldwide selection of books available on a topic.

3. Web-scale Holdings exposure
Library OPAC listings have HTML interfaces, but they are still just local databases, an automated card catalog, not accessible from the WWW. Basically, WorldCat puts your library materials on the web.

WorldCat is heavily indexed by Google, Google Books, Yahoo!, Bing, Wikipedia, and academic web references. The combination of all libraries referencing the same work on a single web page gives that page good visibility on the world wide web. WorldCat URLs are shared with Twitter and Facebook constantly, these automatically redirect users to their local libraries using geo-location. WorldCat then shows users local library holdings and real-time availability.

I could easily keep going with this list: Mobile Web compatibility, Foreign Language catalogs, social sharing features, list-making...