Sometimes, the local library just isn’t that great. If you live in a smaller town or a more rural area, your library might not have the books or information that you are looking for. And if you happen to be working on a book or paper or homework, this could be a real problem. And that is where World Cat comes in, which allows you to search over 60 million records in over 9,000 different libraries, all free of charge.
I can guess that probably the best use of this site would be to search other libraries that might be within driving distance to you, but that you are not a member of and/or they don’t have online search abilities. I suppose one could also use it for research, which would have been invaluable back in school. Oh how I wish the internet was around back then…these “kids” have no idea how easy they have it!
Anyway, check out World Cat and see how you can search 9,000 different libraries at once, it’s pretty cool.