Future functionality roadmap

WorldShare Interlibrary Loan will continue to expand to include additional functionality. The new service now includes most functionality supported by WorldCat Resource Sharing. OCLC will continue to add new features that are enabled by the OCLC WorldShare Platform.

More than 60% of WorldCat Resource Sharing users now use WorldShare Interlibrary Loan.

View a list of known issues with the WorldShare Interlibrary Loan service.

The table below lists planned functionality additions for WorldShare Interlibrary Loan. Upcoming releases of new functionality are scheduled to occur in March, April and May.

Additional details about features recently added to the service are provided in WorldShare ILL Release Notes.

Recently released features and planned enhancements

*Indicates features that are new in WorldShare ILL

Feature Target availability date
Customized bookstrap printing* Available
Borrower and lender preview in Article Exchange* Available
Display barcode on lender book stickers* Available
Shipping label enhancements* Available
Batch processing supports 100 requests at a time
Display Roman and non-Roman characters in bibliographic record

Additional request searches:

  • Borrower patron ID
  • Borrower department
  • Local ID
Workflows for ILL management centers*
End of support for Internet explorer version 8
Beginning February 2014
Discovery enhancements Ongoing
Renewal workflow enhancements March 2014
British Library purchase workflow* to be determined
Expand direct request to 15 lenders* to be determined
Default patron workform with new discovery interface to be determined
Workflow enhancements for batch processing* to be determined
Batch printing of more than 100 requests to be determined
Customizable patron request form to be determined
All new requests begin in WorldShare Interlibrary Loan - No new requests initiated in WorldCat Resource Sharing
April 14, 2014
End of Access to WorldCat Resource Sharing - All borrowing and lending in WorldShare ILL
May 19, 2014

Core features available in WorldShare ILL

The following list includes features added to WorldShare ILL since its initial release.

*Indicates features in WorldShare ILL that were not available in WorldCat Resource Sharing.

Full Article Exchange integration*

OPAC links

  • On lender view of requests*
  • To lending library OPAC from holdings lists
  • To borrowing library OPAC from staff workform


  • Book stickers for lenders
  • "Print now" from request screen*
  • Redesigned 1-per-page and 2-per-page printouts*
  • 2-per-page request and bookstrap printing*
Batch processing

Workflow enhancements

  • Display lender cost information on in holdings display and request form*
  • Changes to support variable lender aging (EMST) indicators in staff workform and holdings display*
  • Display links to freely-available open access resources*
  • Lender can change loan to copy and copy to loan
  • Improved workflow for lender local ID fields*
  • Transfer bibliographic data and holdings into review requests*
  • Initial buy-it workflow*
  • Lender string expanded to 15*
  • Integration with WorldCat knowledge base for streamlined article sharing

Interface languages

  • Dutch
  • English
  • French
  • German
  • Japanese
  • Spanish

OCLC's training and documentation resources will guide your transition from WorldCat Resource Sharing to WorldShare Interlibrary Loan. These tools will describe how familiar features have been implemented in the new service.

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