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This guide provides users with an overview of the free WorldCat catalog to seek locally available print materials.

Creating Your FREE WorldCat Account

As noted earlier in this tutorial, users can sign up for a free account via WorldCat. This is a non-solicitation resource, meaning no one is going to send you spam or try to sell you something if you sign up for a free WorldCat Account. In order to sign up for a free WorldCat account, select the option to “create a free account” located at the top right of your screen. An image of this is shown below:

Opting to “create a free account” will send you to a screen to input your information. An image of this is shown below:

You must be 13 years or older to sign up for a WorldCat account. It’s a good idea to use an email address that you check frequently when you sign up for an account. If you lose your username or password, you must use the lost password links inside the sign-in area and that information will be sent to you at the email address that you use when you create your WorldCat account.

Once your account has been created, you will be transported to a project dashboard. This is shown in the image below:

If you want to save lists, searches, favorite libraries, etc. you must be signed in to WorldCat. This page holds all of the information about anything you will have saved inside WorldCat after you are logged in. Note on the far right that there is an option under your profile username to change your account from “public” to “private.” If you do not want anyone else using WorldCat to be able to see the lists you’re compiling, we recommend that you change your profile status to “private” to protect others from accessing that information.

Now that you have created a WorldCat account, you may use the search box at the top of the window to create a search, select items in your list by checking the box next to the item number, and save items from that search using the “Save to” dropdown menu on your search results screen. An image of this is shown below:

You can create as many new lists as you need if the default options (Things I Recommend, Things I Own, Things to Check Out) do not apply.

This concludes our WorldCat tutorial. If you have any questions about this resource, you can contact the TU library via email at