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License Begins: 
January 1, 2021
License Ends: 
December 31, 2021

FirstSearch is a portal service to OCLC bibliographic databases and reference sources. 

FirstSearch Databases: https://www.oclc.org/support/services/firstsearch/documentation/dbdetails.en.html

WorldCat anchors FirstSearch with its millions of online records built from the bibliographic and ownership information of contributing libraries. Your users can connect to the materials in your library and in other libraries—both print and electronic—from WorldCat records and article citations in other FirstSearch databases. WorldCat records in FirstSearch provide the fastest access to library ownership information.

When you subscribe to the WorldCat database on FirstSearch, your library’s resources become visible in Web sites of popular search engines and other partner Web sites. This means your users will find the resources you provide for them from sites they visit regularly. Permits cross-searching.

Seamlessly linking your users to articles, electronic books and journals, digitized special collections and more, FirstSearch provides an affordable way to give your users access to the world’s information.

 2018 Update:

  • Option to use FirstSearch or WorldCat Discovery interface or both, continues
  • All subscribers get access to all FirstSearch databases including WorldCat
  • The WorldCat database continues to grow, 50+ million digital items – OAIster, Hathi Trust, GoogleBooks and more, 430 + million physical items – books, archival, theses, scores and maps and over 2  billion eBooks
  • WorldCat Discovery enhancements include –
Chron coverage: 
Coverage varies by database
Usage Stats: 

The WorldCat Services Administrative Module includes a link to view your usage statistics.

Content Types: 
Multi-Year Contract: 
Friday, December 31, 2021
Multi-Year Notes: 

Opt-out:  OCLC accepts the clause for three years, with the addition that if more than two libraries terminate the subscription in any one year, the 3% increase becomes invalid and OCLC goes back to its published price increase for the fiscal year.

Opt-out  for 3 year agreements for funding contingency: For multi-year subscriptions, if funding of a Member Institution is materially reduced and Member Institution thereby  becomes unable to pay future amounts payable pursuant to this Agreement, Member Institution may give Licensor written notice of termination and this Agreement shall terminate effective the expiration of any prepaid Subscription Period. The determination of whether funds are available shall be made at the sole discretion of the applicable Member Institution, i.e. the Member will not need to demonstrate financial exigency by disclosing its financial statements. The termination of participation by any Member Institution will not constitute a default or a termination of participation of any other Member Institutions under the license Agreement and shall not be grounds for any increase in fees payable by other Members

Notes on Subscribers: 

Subscriber Details: Mount Royal to join in July 2018

FirstSearch Base Package (includes WorldCat):

  • Athabasca University
  • Brandon University
  • University of Regina
  • University of Saskatchewan
  • University of Victoria
  • WorldCat Only:

  • Thompson Rivers U.
  • University of Calgary
  • University of Manitoba