OCLC has announced that users can search the catalogs of more than 10,000 libraries worldwide through WorldCat.org, a site that offers a downloadable search box to allow access to a database and resource for discovery of materials held in libraries.
The search box can be downloaded from the WorldCat.org site to library websites, museum sites, genealogy sites, book club sites, blogs or any other site where web searchers have access to the collections of the world's libraries. WorldCat connects libraries of all types and sizes. It enables people to find what they're looking for in library collections irrespective of where they are located. WorldCat was created in 1971 and is maintained by OCLC Online Computer Library Center, a library cooperative, and its member libraries that use information from and contribute to the database for cataloging and interlibrary loan.
WorldCat.org, which is available in beta form, makes the entire WorldCat database available to anyone interested in searching just the content of libraries. Through WorldCat.org, users can access other services from some participating libraries such as interlibrary loan or online reference help from library professionals.