The Old Colony Library Network (OCLN) is a cooperative of 28 member libraries located on the South Shore of Massachusetts. OCLN membership includes 26 town and city libraries and 2 academic libraries. OCLN’s cooperative nature enables member libraries to provide services that they would not be able to afford on their own. OCLN was founded in 1984 and is incorporated in Massachusetts as a 501( c )3 tax exempt, nonprofit corporation. OCLN is recognized as a charitable organization by the Massachusetts Attorney General’s office
OCLN is governed by its member libraries who approve an annual operating budget, approve policies, and elect officers. OCLN’s Executive Board includes 5 officers and 4 members-at-large.
OCLN is funded through annual assessments paid by each member library. Grant funding from the Massachusetts Board of Library Commissioners offests a portion of OCLN’s telecommunications costs.
Capital projects, such as system upgrades, are funded by the Libraries Services and Technology Act (LSTA) with matching funds provided by member libraries. LSTA is a federal program, administered through the Massachusetts Board of Library Commissioners.
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OCLN maintains a shared library catalog for the member libraries. This system allows anyone with a valid OCLN card to request and borrow materials from any member library. OCLN member libraries use delivery service provided by the Massachusetts Library System (MLS).
OCLN maintains a web-based library catalog, which enables card-holders to request materials and manage their accounts over the Internet.
OCLN provides Internet access to member libraries and maintains the telecommunication network that links member libraries together. Through this link, OCLN is able to provide libraries with access to the shared catalog, email and Internet Resources.
OCLN Member Libraries participate in the Virtual Catalog. The Virtual Catalog provides a single, searchable catalog of materials owned by participating academic and public libraries in Massachusetts. OCLN card-holders, in good standing are eligible to request materials.
The 28 member libraries use a shared automation system to provide their users with access to over 600,000 titles, including books, videos, compact discs and magazines.
Holders of an OCLN library card may borrow materials from any OCLN Member Library. To obtain an OCLN library card Register on-line.