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WorldCat Discovery release notes, March 2023


Release Date: March 16, 2023


The following release notes are for the MARCH 16, 2023 release of WorldCat Discovery,.

WorldCat Discovery March Release Highlights

This release of WorldCat Discovery includes bug fixes:

  • Increased place hold timeout window
  • Users no longer receive a security alert when exporting citations to RefWorks

Include Request ID with problem reports

When reporting an issue with WorldCat Discovery, it is extremely helpful to include the Request ID. The Request ID is found at the bottom of the screen on which the issue occurred. Including this information allows us to directly trace what happened on the request we are troubleshooting. 

Screenshot of WorldCat Discovery footer where the Request ID is located.

Recommended actions

Configure the new WorldShare ILL request form

WorldCat Discovery libraries using WorldShare ILL are invited to pilot the new WorldShare ILL request form. This new form is highly customizable to support library and patron needs.

For more information on how to configure this new experience, please see the WorldShare ILL release notes, December 2022.



Bug fixes

Increased place hold timeout window

Previously, when placing a hold on a record with a large number of items, users received an error: “Ineligible for place hold. No pickup locations available.” With this release, the timeout window for the place hold page has been increased. Users will not see this error unless they cross the new timeout threshold.

Users no longer receive a security alert when exporting citations to RefWorks

Previously, when exporting a citation to RefWorks, users received the following error: “The information you have entered on this page will be sent over an insecure connection and could be read by a third party. Are you sure you want to send this information?” With this release, we have updated the export process so that users will no longer receive a warning when exporting to RefWorks.

New Content

OCLC is pleased to announce the release of one new database to the OCLC central index. As a reminder, the central index provides content for WorldCat Discovery and

You can enable this database as a search option in the Licensed Content and Databases module of the OCLC Service Configuration site. Please remember that your library must have a valid subscription to this database in order to enable it.

Please find below and in the attached document the database names and providers for reference. Documentation of the complete list of databases is available here.

Available in WorldCat Discovery and

  • Kluwer Law Online Manuals from Kluwer Law: Kluwer Law Online Manuals

Important links

Product website

More product information can be found here.

Support website(s)

Support information for this product and related products can be found at:

  1. WorldCat Discovery support resources  
  2. WorldCat Discovery training
  3. Release notes 
  4. OCLC customer support
  5. Browser compatibility chart 

If you have additional questions, please contact OCLC Customer Service by calling 1-800-848-5800 or 1-614-793-8682 Monday – Friday 7 a.m. – 9p.m. ET, or email For support enquiries in the UK and Ireland, please contact the Support Desk by calling +44-(0)114-281 60 42 or e-mailing Support is available between the hours of 09:00 and 17:30 (UK Time).