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OCLC Overview

Dublin, OH
1001 to 5000 employees
Nonprofit Organization
Information Technology
$100 to $500 million (USD) per year

Working at OCLC

OCLC is a global library cooperative that creates shared technology services, original research and community programs for its membership and the library community at large. OCLC supports thousands of libraries in making information more accessible and useful so that people can ... Read more

OCLC – Why Work For Us?

Record by record, keystroke by keystroke, librarians built OCLC into the world’s largest library cooperative. We are dedicated to the public purposes of furthering access to the world’s information and reducing the rate of rise of library costs.

OCLC connects libraries in a global network to manage and share the world’s knowledge and to form a community dedicated to the values of librarianship: cooperation, resource sharing and universal access. The network links members to a powerful, cloud-based infrastructure that provides the systemwide intelligence and cooperative platform needed to collectively innovate and drive operational efficiencies in metadata creation, interlibrary loan, digitization, discovery and delivery. It also provides opportunities for cooperation and resource sharing built around a worldwide community of users—working together at the scale of the Web.

The OCLC cooperative is member-owned and member-governed. Librarians guide and shape our direction through a 16-member Board of Trustees—more than half of whom are librarians—and a global council of librarians, who are elected by librarians from regional councils of member libraries.

“It’s very gratifying to be involved in an organization that’s at the forefront of the technological change that’s shaping libraries. OCLC is doing things that affect libraries across the world and making libraries better places for our users.”


Information seekers today demand more resources and faster access from every channel. To meet users' demands while managing costs, libraries need reliable access to cutting-edge technology. As a leader in data technology and an innovator in library cloud services, OCLC is uniquely positioned to partner with member libraries in this complex technology environment.


OCLC believes in fostering a workplace environment that celebrates the talents and diversity of its individual employees. Our staff members are a unique and dedicated collective of creative thinking individuals who are the best in their fields, and who bring out the best in their colleagues. We share, analyze, debate and tackle challenges on a daily basis to achieve one common goal: to further access to the world's information resources while reducing the rise of library costs.

Inclusion at OCLC


OCLC cultivates a corporate culture that understands the value of a wide array of perspectives because inclusive thinking improves our solutions for libraries and the diversity of people they serve. Our diverse workforce enjoys an environment where each of us feels respected and valued, thereby enabling us to build broad commitment and ownership for the work of the cooperative.

At OCLC, inclusion fosters an environment that encourages the best contributions from all of us, affirms our differences and similarities, and reaches out to all our employees, partners, libraries, and the diverse people they serve. Our global cooperative is built on trust and cooperation and a shared belief in connecting people to the world’s knowledge. Inclusion is part of our mission and vital to our future.

The OCLC inclusion initiative is rooted in our deep respect for the individual and in our belief that an inclusive environment fosters optimal performance. We are committed to supporting an inclusive work environment based on global teamwork, diversity, trust and the highest standards of ethical conduct as is seen through our many initiatives.

Community outreach

OCLC is a gold-level sponsor of IFLA, the International Federation of Library Associations and Institutions, which is the leading international body representing the interests of library and information services and their users. IFLA and OCLC jointly sponsor the Jay Jordan IFLA/OCLC Early Career Development Fellowship Program.

OCLC is a not-for-profit organization that is committed to attracting, rewarding, and retaining people with the knowledge, skills and desire to help achieve our strategic enterprise priorities.

Here are several key divisions at OCLC and examples of job opportunities that exist in those areas:

Engineering and SoftwareResearch and Innovation
Senior Software Engineer
Software Architect
Software Developer
Software Engineer
Technical Manager
Test Engineer
Test Automation Engineer
User Experience Designer
User Experience Researcher
Communications Officer
Program Officer
Research Assistant
Research Scientist
Research Support Specialist
Software Architect
Software Engineer
Product ManagementCataloging Products and Services
Portfolio Operations Manager
Product Analyst
Product Manager
Product Support Specialist
Metadata Specialist I, II, III
Systems and Information TechnologyData Services and WorldCat Quality Management
Database Administrator
Database Quality Technician
Database Specialists
Department Manager
Operations Analyst
Production Analyst
Quality Engineer
Section Manager
Systems Analyst
Systems Architect
Systems Developer
Systems Engineer
Database Specialist
Product Analyst
Product Manager
Production Operations Manager
Production Support Specialist
Software Engineer
Library ServicesOther Functions
Library Services Consultant
Support Analyst
Branding and Creative Services
Business Development
Corporate Quality Assurance and PMO
Global Marketing
Human Resources

To be considered for OCLC positions, please go to the OCLC Career Center, click on the position and create a personal profile by uploading your resume.  If you have already created a profile with OCLC, simply log in to your profile to begin the application process.

Providing for OCLC employees and their families

OCLC provides a rich package of benefits designed to foster the well-being of our employees and their families. From medical plans and wellness programs to life insurance, OCLC offers a comprehensive and flexible range of options to customize a plan that best fits your needs and the needs of your family.

Medical Plan Options

Two plan options are currently offered to eligible full-time and part-time employees on the first day of employment:

  1. Preferred Provider Organization (PPO). This plan provides benefits for both in-network and out-of-network care. Each time care is received you decide whether to see an in-network or out-of-network provider, however, to receive a higher level of coverage (90 percent after deductible), a network provider should be utilized.

  2. Exclusive Provider Organization (EPO). This plan provides benefits for in-network care only; no benefits are paid if you utilize a non-network provider (except in the case of an emergency). Many services are either paid at 100 percent or have a modest copay.

Dental Plan

A comprehensive dental plan is available on the first day of employment to eligible full-time and part-time employees and their families. Benefits are determined based on the service provided but range from 50 percent to 100 percent.

Vision Plan

Two options are currently offered to eligible full-time and part-time employees and their families:

  1. Eye-Exam Plus Plan, which covers an annual eye exam plus discounts on materials

  2. Full-Service Buy-up Plan, which covers an annual eye exam and benefits for materials such as lenses, frames and contacts.

Flexible Spending Accounts (FSAs)

Three types of FSA’s are available to eligible full-time and part-time employees: health care, dependent care and qualified transportation. Through payroll deduction, employees may participate in this program and use pre-tax earnings to pay for qualified expenses up to annual plan maximums.

Life and Accidental Death & Dismemberment (AD&D) Insurance

OCLC provides coverage for full-time employees equal to three times base annual salary for both life and AD&D coverage, with the ability to enroll in optional life insurance for themselves and their dependents at various levels for an additional premium. Eligible part-time employees receive $25,000 in coverage.

Retirement programs

OCLC offers three programs to assist employees in savings for retirement:

  1. Matching Thrift Plan. Employees are eligible to participate upon hire and may elect to contribute up to 25 percent of their monthly pay on a pre-tax or after-tax basis; new employees are automatically enrolled at 3%. OCLC matches the employee’s contribution on the first six percent of the annual base compensation at a rate of 35 percent, which will be vested at a rate of 20 percent per year of service until it is fully vested after five years.

  2. Supplemental 403(b) Plan. Employees are eligible to participate upon hire to supplement savings beyond the Matching Thrift Plan. Contribution amounts are based on the maximum allowable contribution under the IRS code.

  3. OCLC Retirement Plan. After two years of eligible employment, employees are automatically enrolled in this plan. OCLC contributes 7.15 percent of the employee’s base pay (12.85 percent of the base salary amount exceeding the Social Security Wage Base). All contributions are immediately vested.

Educational assistance

Eligible full-time employees may be reimbursed for tuition costs up to a maximum of $5,250 per year for courses of study that fits OCLC business needs.

Holidays and personal days

OCLC observes seven paid holidays per year. In addition, full-time employees receive four personal leave days per year (one per quarter), while eligible part-time employees receive two days per year (January and July of each year).


Eligible full-time and part-time employees are eligible for vacation. Vacation hours are accrued monthly for each full calendar month of employment. The yearly vacation accrual schedule for an employee working 40 hours per week is:

  • Two weeks through the completion of three years of service,

  • Three weeks after three years of service through the completion of six years of service, and

  • Four weeks after the completion of six years of service.

The accrual schedule above is different for employees who work a schedule other than 40 hours per week.

Sick leave

Full-time employees are eligible for sick leave. Sick leave hours are accrued monthly for each full calendar month of employment. Regular full-time employees working 40 hours per week accrue 15 days per calendar year. Unused sick leave can be carried over year to year up to a maximum of 960 hours.

Short-term and long-term disability

Short-term disability is provided to employees in the event of an extended illness or injury. After vacation, personal days and sick leave are exhausted, short-term disability is paid at 60 percent of base pay for up to a total of 26 weeks of an approved disability (including all paid-unpaid time). After short-term disability is exhausted, an employee is eligible to receive long-term disability, which is paid at 60 percent of base pay up to $10,000 per month.

Employee Assistance Program (EAP)

Services for all employees and their dependents include free short-term counseling, legal consultations, financial counseling and child care referrals.

Employee computer purchase plan

Interest-free loans are available to purchase a personal computer and peripherals.

Flexible Spending Accounts (FSAs)

Three types of FSA’s are available to eligible full-time and part-time employees: health care, dependent care and qualified transportation. Through payroll deduction, employees may participate in this program and use pre-tax earnings to pay for qualified expenses up to annual plan maximums.

Adoption assistance

OCLC reimburses the costs of adoption-related expenses; full-time employees are eligible for up to $2,500 and eligible part-time employees may receive up to $1,500.

This summary highlights the main features of OCLC's benefits program and is intended to provide a high-level overview of the benefits offered to our employees. The terms of these programs are governed by Plan Documents and OCLC policies.  Should there be any inconsistencies between this summary and other legal or policy documents, the plan documents will govern. OCLC reserves the right to change or discontinue the benefit programs at any time.

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OCLC Interviews



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    I applied through a recruiter. The process took 4+ weeks. I interviewed at OCLC (Dublin, OH) in March 2017.


    Contacted by a recruiter, had a phone screen, then met with a couple of individual contributors on the team. Moved on to an interview with the manager a couple weeks later.

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    • Manager repeatedly asked the same questions at least 5 different ways.   1 Answer
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OCLC Awards & Accolades

  • Top 100 Best Places to Work in IT, ComputerWorld, 2011
  • Top 100 Best Places to Work in IT, ComputerWorld, 2010
  • Best Employers in Ohio (Large), Best Companies Group, 2010
  • Top 100 Best Places to Work in IT, ComputerWorld, 2009
  • Best Employers in Ohio (Large), Best Companies Group, 2009
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