Leiden, Netherlands -- 18 February 2022. Complutense University of Madrid (Universidad Complutense de Madrid), one of the oldest universities in the world and among the top universities in Spain, is extending its partnership and commitment to OCLC's shared platform and services.
The Complutense University of Madrid Library is the largest academic library in Spain and one of the largest in Europe. The library's 27 branches hold a collection of 3 million books, 130,000 e-books, and 11,000 manuscripts. The library maintains special collections that date from the 15th century.
The university uses OCLC's WorldShare Management Services (WMS), the cloud-based library services platform that provides users with fast, reliable access to the library's collections and a worldwide network of knowledge. With WorldCat as its foundation, the library staff can draw on OCLC's shared data network and technology for more efficient workflows.
Complutense University is also using Tipasa, the cloud-based interlibrary loan management system that makes it possible for the library to manage a high volume of interlibrary loan requests, automate routine borrowing and lending functions, and provide an enhanced patron experience.
"WMS has helped the library not only streamline our processes, but also connect our local print and electronic resources with libraries around the world through WorldCat," said Antonio Moreno Caņizares, Director of the Universidad Complutense de Madrid Library. "We wanted to extend our partnership to maintain the strategic benefits that OCLC's global network of libraries offers us. OCLC is committed to continuously enhance WMS, based in large part on user feedback, and we especially appreciate the support for our team."
"OCLC is honored to extend our partnership with Complutense University of Madrid. As part of the WorldShare community, the university has the opportunity to work closely with libraries on a global scale and increase access to a world of resources," said Eric van Lubeek, Vice President, Managing Director, OCLC EMEA & APAC.
OCLC is a nonprofit global library organization providing shared technology services, original research and community programs so that libraries can better fuel learning, research and innovation. Through OCLC, member libraries cooperatively produce and maintain WorldCat, the most comprehensive global network of data about library collections and services. Libraries gain efficiencies through OCLC's WorldShare, a complete set of library management applications and services built on an open, cloud-based platform. It is through collaboration and sharing of the world's collected knowledge that libraries can help people find answers they need to solve problems. Together as OCLC, member libraries, staff and partners make breakthroughs possible.