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17th January 2002

(Victoria, B.C.) - Abebooks, the world's largest network of independent booksellers, and OCLC, Online Computer Library Center, are linking to provide librarians and their users access to the largest source of out-of-print books on the internet.

Users will be able to link to the abebooks web site ( to source out-of-print, secondhand, and rare copies of the books they are looking for in OCLC's WorldCat, the world's largest bibliographic database, through the OCLC FirstSearch service, an online reference service. In turn, visitors to the abebooks web site who cannot find what they are looking for will have the option to find the title in their local library through WorldCat.

"This partnership with OCLC represents our goal of providing service that is catered to the needs of specific user groups," said Brent James, abebooks CEO. "OCLC is one of the key players in library resources. Our partnership will allow library users to find rare and out-of-print titles in an efficient, cost-effective way from a reliable source."

"OCLC is creating access points to WorldCat, and subsequently to libraries, through the web in a collaborative environment and fostering relationships with partners such as abebooks," said Frank Hermes, vice president, OCLC Cooperative Discovery Services.

WorldCat offers more than 48 million bibliographic records-representing library materials in some 400 languages-and continues to grow at a rate of more than 2 million records a year.

About OCLC
Headquartered in Dublin, Ohio, OCLC, Online Computer Library Center, is a nonprofit organization that provides computer-based cataloging, reference, resource sharing and preservation services to 41,000 libraries in 82 countries and territories. OCLC was founded in 1967 to improve access to the world's information and reduce information costs, and conducts ongoing research to develop technologies to support that mission. Forest Press, a division of OCLC since 1988, publishes the Dewey Decimal Classification system.
More information about OCLC and OCLC regional service providers is available on the web

About abebooks
Abebooks is the world's largest book site, listing over 35 million books. With offices in Canada and Germany, abebooks provides independent booksellers with business support, technological infrastructure and international marketing, enabling booksellers of any size to compete on an equal footing with book superstores. Through its acquisition of Germany's JustBooks, now abebooks Europe, the company now serves over 10,000 member booksellers worldwide via web sites in English, German, and French. Abebooks was launched on the Internet in May of 1996 and offers consumers the most complete collection of rare, used, and out-of-print books available anywhere.

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