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Consortia Purchasing Program, OCLC


ATLA offers discounted purchasing on several OCLC services:

WorldCat Discovery Services (WCDS) and FirstSearch

Library users and staff use WorldCat Discovery to search the WorldCat database of electronic, digital and physical resources to identify materials they need and to find out where they are available. 

  • FirstSearch offers precision searching of WorldCat that supports library workflows in areas that include reference, interlibrary loan, collection development, along with giving expert searchers the control over searching they often appreciate.
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​​​​The ATLA subscription provides access to both FirstSearch and WorldCat Discovery. OCLC will​ enhance FirstSearch in response to feedback from users of the service. WorldCat Discovery will continue to ex​​pand with additional functionality to meet changing user needs.

More information regarding FirstSearch and WorldCat Discovery is provided in Frequently Asked Questions​.

ATLA Group Catalog

The ATLA Group Catalog is a database that allows your library users to search for materials cataloged in WorldCat that are owned by ATLA libraries. Participation in the ATLA Group Catalog requires a subscription to WorldCat Discovery Services, which will be quoted by OCLC. if your library does not currently have one. If your library has a subscription to WorldCat Discovery Services through another group, you can still subscribe to the ATLA Group Catalog through ATLA.

WorldShare Management Services (WMS)

WorldShare Management Services (WMS) are an integrated suite of cloud-based library management applications. With WorldCat data as its foundation, libraries using WMS experience improved workflows and a drastic reduction in the time it takes to perform routine tasks, including e-resource management and cataloging. They have also been able to reallocate full-time staff to undertake new initiatives, such as cataloging special collections, creating LibGuides for users and redesigning library websites. Learn more:​.

Sustainable Collection Services (SCS) and GreenGlass 

The Sustainable Collection Services (SCS) enables libraries to evaluate the future of their print collections. To remain relevant, libraries must constantly balance their historical strengths with demands for new collections and services. Today, the role of local print collections is changing, as space used to house books is being repurposed for collaborative study, maker spaces, and room for more users. Libraries are evaluating their print monographs to determine which materials to retain, move to off-site storage, share retention responsibilities for, or withdraw in order to support traditional and evolving user needs and to use space more effectively. Sustainable Collection Services provides an interactive application called GreenGlass enabling libraries and groups of libraries to analyze key data and provide visualizations that support deselection and shared print projects. Learn more:​​


Quest​ionPoint provides a complete virtual reference management system, integrating chat, e-mail, a reference knowledge base, reports and analytic tools to give you a complete view of reference activity. Expand your hours of service to offer live help anytime through membership in the 24/7 Reference® Cooperative. QuestionPoint allows you to support students and faculty around the clock! Learn more:

The consortial year runs from July 1 to June 30, but libraries can choose to participate in the consortium mid-year for a pro-rated price.


Current Institutional Members

How to Join 

Provide the following information to in order to receive a quote:

  1. How many campuses will have access?

  2. What is your most current FTE (preferably this term's figures)?

  3. To which of the following services do you plan to subscribe?

    • WorldCat Discovery Services (WCDS)

    • ATLA Group Catalog

    • WorldShare Management Services (WMS)

    • Sustainable Collection Services (SCS) and GreenGlass

    • QuestionPoint

You will have the option of accepting or declining any quotes received. The final quote you accept will be the price you pay to ATLA for access to the products ordered.


E-mail questions to the Member Programs Department at

Information for Participating Members

Starting in Spring 2015, ATLA and OCLC collaborated to offer a series of private, online events designed specifically for religion and theological libraries to learn more about WMS or SCS. These events included not only demonstrations of WMS or SCS, but also information about the advantages of WMS and SCS from libraries that have already subscribed and implemented these services, as well as an exclusive offer for ATLA members.

If you are interested in viewing these webinars or would like to participate, please contact