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OCLC WorldCat Collection Analysis

OCLC's WorldCat Collection Analysis service can help you analyze your individual and group library collections.

Benefits to Libraries

The service provides many benefits to libraries, including:

  • Multiple views of the collection – choose from many parameters, including subject, publication date, language, format, call numbers, and audience level, to create views to meet your needs.
  • Comparison – identify strengths, gaps and overlaps in your collection.
  • Participate in consortia activities – groups can analyze member collections for collaborative collection development.
  • Support library processes – analysis facilitates acquiring, weeding, canceling and preserving processes.
  • Demonstrate fiscal responsibility – reports can be used to prove financial need and responsible stewardship to administrators and funding bodies.


Features include:

  • Analysis of a collection regardless of the type of materials, classification scheme, library, or the integrated library system used.
  • Comparison with libraries that have their holdings in WorldCat.
  • Analysis of interdisciplinary studies materials.
  • Evaluation of borrowing and lending.
  • Evaluation of circulation analysis.
  • Annual subscriptions for individual institutions or groups.
  • Reports can be easily exported to other programs like Microsoft Excel.


  • Current generation web browser.
  • Your institution's holdings set in WorldCat (a free batchload is available to set holdings).
  • Subscription to the WorldCat database on FirstSearch.

More Information

There is a 10-minute, self-guided demo available.

You can also register to access a live demonstration of WorldCat Collection Analysis.

For more information and to order, visit the OCLC website. If you need assistance with your order, contact Minitex.


If you need training on WorldCat Collection Analysis, check out our current Minitex offerings, or visit the OCLC Training Portal


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