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Northwest Missouri State University

News Release

May 16, 2013

Library database reaches 2 billion records

WorldCat, an online database of library resources, which is offered through Northwest Missouri State University’s B.D. Owens Library, recently announced the addition of its 2 billionth record.

WorldCat is a database of bibliographic information created and continuously updated by about 25,000 member libraries of Online Computer Library Center, a global library system of which the Owens Library is a member.

WorldCat contains book, DVD, CD and journal records, and users may find holdings in Owens Library as well as nearby libraries. Users can build personalized lists, create citations, post reviews and ratings, and search for items on their mobile devices or personal computers. When searching Google, users also may connect to local libraries through WorldCat links.

Created in 1971, WorldCat reached 1 billion records in 2005. In just under eight years, an additional billion were added. For more information or to use WorldCat, visit

Northwest’s B.D. Owens Library is a service-oriented library in a 116,000-square-foot facility designed to meet the varied learning and research needs of Northwest students and employees. The library collection and services support scholarly research and provide current information to promote lifelong learning, critical thinking, communication and research. In addition to offering access to millions of resources through its website and databases, the library building houses more than 368,000 books, documents and bound periodicals.

The Owens Library also is the home to several instructional support services, including the Writing Center and the Talent Development Center, which offer tutoring and academic support across the curriculum. The Center for Informational Technology in Education, which administers and supports the University’s instructional technology needs including online courses, course management software, and faculty professional development, also is housed on the second floor.

For more information, please contact:

Mark Hornickel, Communication Manager | 660.562.1704 | Fax: 660.562.1900

Northwest Missouri State University
215 Administration Building | 800 University Drive | Maryville, MO 64468