A web-based resource sharing and interlibrary loan service
A national network for resource sharing
Provided by OCLC in partnership with The Combined Regions (TCR), UnityUK is the UK's first and only national network for resource sharing. UnityUK brings together the union catalogues previously known as UnityWeb, LinkUK and Reveal Web into one single union catalogue. In addition, UnityUK allows staff users to search other data sets such as, COPAC and the British Library files.
Access to accurate, up-to-date information for every request
Data quality is key to UnityUK and underpins the ongoing success of the service. With regular member contributions, we are able to ensure that the UnityUK physical union catalogue is kept thoroughly up-to-date. There is an ongoing data improvement programme to make sure data is accurate and clean, including the removal of items no longer held by the library.
Reduce turnaround times and streamline workflows
UnityUK is a fully integrated ILL service for request management and catalogue searching. The request process is fully automated, meaning there is no longer need for you to fill out paperwork, send faxes and chase libraries for requests, as you are only notified if there is a problem. As all searching and request management is within one interface, workflows are streamlined, as there is no longer need to log in and out of multiple screens to complete a transaction.
"We are already phasing out the paper records in our system thanks to UnityUK. We can rely on the system to progress requests without us having to remember to check what's happening. This improved tracking means that we need only take action if we're alerted to a problem. As a result, we can prioritise our time to sort out the tricky requests and leave the system to process the routine ones."
Library Assistant, Interlibrary Loan, Trafford Libraries