OCLC Adds Records of the National Diet Library of Japan to WorldCat

Jun 15, 2010

OCLC and the National Diet Library (NDL) signed an agreement to make more than 5 million records from NDL more visible and accessible to scholars and researchers worldwide through WorldCat.

The National Diet Library has been using WorldCat for current cataloging of Western languages materials since 2007. This new agreement provides for the contribution of the complete contents of the JAPAN/MARC database, the official national bibliography of Japan, to WorldCat on a regular basis. NDL and OCLC will work together to add the 5 million records to the WorldCat database. The agreement was facilitated by Kinokuniya Company Ltd., OCLC's distributor in Japan.

WorldCat is a comprehensive database of library materials, updated in libraries and by library professionals around the world at a rate of nearly one new record every second. The database comprises more than 180 million bibliographic records and holdings contributed by thousands of libraries.