WorldCat Hits Two Billion Holdings

In February, we posted the announcement that the holdings of the Family History Library in Salt Lake City would be added to WorldCat. That was great news, as WorldCat is the largest database of library holdings in the world. How big is it? The Family History Library project is still underway, but on May 4th, even without those records, the 2 billionth holding was added to WorldCat!

The press release contains further details and points out “…many genealogists value WorldCat as a central source for unique family and local history records. Because WorldCat represents items from more than 170 countries and 470 languages, scholars use the database to locate and borrow items around the world.”

Here are a few ways genealogist can use WorldCat:

  • Search for print and electronic books, periodicals, newspapers, manuscript materials and more
  • Find the closest library with the item you need
  • Provides the information needed to request an interlibrary loan via your local library
  • Create lists, bibliographies and reviews
  • Get citations of library materials in five common styles
  • Go mobile with the iPhone and Android apps

Need more information? The OCLC website has FAQ’s and a reference guide for genealogists.

Don’t forget WorldCat is a great way to find items in the Newberry’s collections! Be sure to contact a librarian if you need assistance with Newberry holdings.

NOTE: An earlier version of this post incorrectly reported that WorldCat added its 2 billionth record.  WorldCat actually announced its 2 billionth holding.

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