National Library of South Africa & 15 South African Academic Libraries Choose WorldCat Local
The National Library of South Africa and 15 of the country’s most prestigious academic institutions choose WorldCat Local
OCLC and Sabinet, OCLC’s partner in South Africa, have signed an agreement to provide WorldCat Local, OCLC’s discovery service, as a single point of access and delivery of electronic, print and digital resources to the National Library of South Africa and 15 academic institutions, offering a simplified discovery and delivery experience to end-users.
As part of a recent agreement between OCLC and Sabinet, a major supplier of online information to libraries in sub-Saharan Africa, libraries will now be able to access Sabinet’s African content on WorldCat Local, as well as the OCLC-licensed resources already on the platform.
Established in 1983 and based in South Africa, Sabinet has worked in partnership with OCLC since 1995, acting as distributor for them in sub-Saharan Africa since 1997 when they also began cataloguing South African information resources onto the OCLC platform. This agreement was extended in 2000 to catalogue directly onto WorldCat.
The sixteen institutions who have so far adopted WorldCat Local are:
• Cape Peninsula University of Technology
• National Library of South Africa
• Nelson Mandela Metropolitan University
• North-West University
• Rhodes University
• Stellenbosch University
• Tshwane University of Technology
• University of Fort Hare
• University of KwaZulu-Natal
• University of Pretoria
• University of Venda
• University of the Western Cape
• University of the Witwatersrand
• Vaal University of Technology
• Walter Sisulu University
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