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OCLC OPENS NEW OFFICE, CONFERENCE AND TRAINING FACILITY
AND NAMES BUILDINGS AFTER ITS PRESIDENTS

DUBLIN, Ohio, Oct. 22, 1996*OCLC dedicated its new office, conference and
training facility and named three buildings on its 90-acre campus after its
three presidents in ceremonies on Oct. 8, 1996.

Nearly 250 people attended the ceremony, including representatives from the
OCLC Users Council, OCLC Board of Trustees, area library and academic
institutions, the city of Dublin, and the construction and architectural
companies.

Nancy Eaton, chair of the OCLC Board of Trustees and dean of Library
Services, Iowa State University, served as master of ceremonies for the
program and formally named the buildings in honor of OCLC*s three
presidents:  Frederick G. Kilgour (1967*1980), Rowland C.W. Brown
(1980*1989), and K. Wayne Smith (1989*).

*Each of these men has helped to make OCLC what it is today,* said Ms.
Eaton.  *Each is a person of tremendous accomplishment.  And I have been
priviledged to work with each of them over the years.  I personally believe
that OCLC has been very fortunate indeed to have had three such leaders of
ability and integrity in its 29-year history.  They have built a proud
tradition and an exciting future.*

Victoria Hanawalt, president of the OCLC Users Council, welcomed guests and
spoke on the OCLC Users Council*s use of the new facility.  *We*re sure this
new facility will help us work more efficiently on behalf of OCLC users
worldwide,* said Ms. Hanawalt.

K. Wayne Smith, president and chief executive officer of OCLC, thanked those
who contributed to the construction effort and cited the importance of the
expansion to OCLC*s continuing mission.  *The dedication of these new
facilities is an important day for OCLC, for Dublin and for Franklin
County,* said Dr. Smith.  *In 25 short years, OCLC has become an important
international institution with an even more important public
purpose*furthering access to the world*s information and reducing
information costs.*

The K. Wayne Smith Building, OCLC*s newest facility, has 167,000 square feet
of office space on two stories.  It also contains a cafeteria, print shop,
fitness center and shipping/receiving facilities.  A 23,800-square-foot
Conference Center contains six meeting rooms, four training rooms and a
large conference room with a state-of-the-art audiovisual system.
 Information Dimensions, an OCLC subsidiary acquired in 1993, moved from
off-site offices and now occupies the second floor.  URS Consultants were
architects for the Smith Building.  The Gilbane Building Company managed the
13-month construction project, which was completed in May 1996.  The Smith
Building is part of the office/warehouse complex acquired by OCLC in 1991.

The Frederick G. Kilgour Building contains 126,400 square feet of office
space; a three-story, 44,000-square-foot computer facility; a 228-seat
cafeteria; a 153-seat auditorium; 10 meeting and conference rooms; and a
four-story atrium.  Brubaker/Brandt, Inc., Columbus, Ohio, designed the
building.  The Gilbane Building Company, Providence, Rhode Island, managed
the construction.  OCLC broke ground for the Kilgour Building on a 48-acre
site in June 1979 and occupied it in February 1981.

The Rowland C.W. Brown Building contains approximately 25,300 square feet of
office space on two stories.  An elevated, glass-enclosed walkway connects
the Brown and Smith Buildings.  Perkins and Will of Chicago, Illinois,
designed the Brown Building, which was constructed in 1970.  Its exterior
has recently been refurbished to match the Smith and Kilgour buildings.  The
Brown Building is part of an office/warehouse complex on 42 acres acquired
by OCLC in 1991.

The Users Council comprises delegates from networks and service centers
whose use of the OCLC System and contribution to the OCLC database qualify
them for Users Council membership.  Delegates represent the various
interests of the General Members of OCLC and ratify amendments to the
Articles of Incorporation and Code of Regulations of OCLC.  The Users
Council also elects six trustees to the OCLC Board of Trustees.  The six
Users Council-elected trustees and three other members of the library
profession elected by the board assure a majority of librarians on the OCLC
Board.  The board possesses powers similar to those of university trustees.

Headquartered in Dublin, Ohio, OCLC Online Computer Library Center is a
nonprofit computer library service and research organization whose computer
network and services link more than 23,000 libraries in 63 countries and
territories.  [http://www.oclc.org]          (GP)

OCLC Users' Council Delegates:
        Lee Hadden
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        ph: 703-648-6088

        Bernard Strong
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        ph: 202-287-9463

        Marcia Talley
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        ph: 410-293-6905