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OCLC adds new features to WorldShare ILL and extends access to WorldCat Resource Sharing through May 2014

New features now available in OCLC WorldShare® Interlibrary Loan include printing and workflow options completely new to WorldShare ILL. Several of the new features are listed below, and additional details about these enhancements are available in the September 2013 WorldShare ILL Release Notes.

Printing enhancements

Enhancements to printing include:

  • Print a request directly from within the request, eliminating the need to print from the request queue
  • Redesigned 1-per-page and 2-per-page printouts

See a summary of WorldShare ILL printing enhancements.

Workflow enhancements

Workflow enhancements include:

  • New display results of request searches.  Search results are now divided into separate borrower and lender result sets.
  • One-step transfer of bibliographic data and holdings into new requests from a "View Holdings" display
  • Lenders can now edit request details after responding yes to the request

Learn more about September WorldShare ILL enhancements

View the recording of an overview of new WorldShare ILL features that includes a chat with OCLC's WorldShare Interlibary Loan team.

New schedule for your transition to WorldShare Interlibrary Loan

In response to requests from many members of the OCLC resource sharing community, we have extended access to WorldCat Resource Sharing through 19 May 2014.  The new transition schedule provides additional time for ILL staffs to fully learn the new WorldShare ILL service while retaining access to WorldCat Resource Sharing.

New WorldShare ILL transition dates are:

  • 14 April 2014: End of placing new requests in WorldCat Resource Sharing
  • 19 May 2014: End of access to WorldCat Resource Sharing

Thank you to those of you who have completed your transitions from WorldCat Resource Sharing to WorldShare ILL. You have provided leadership for others whose transitions are in process.  We invite you to share your WorldShare ILL experiences with others through an upcoming webinar or a written summary we can share on the OCLC website.  Please let us know of your interest in helping your ILL colleagues by sending an email to

OCLC will continue to add new features to the service, beginning with the next scheduled release in November 2013. There are no planned releases of new functionality between November 2013 and February 2014, to give you an opportunity to become more familiar with WorldShare ILL during a three-month period when the service remains essentially unchanged.

WorldShare ILL training

Comprehensive WorldShare ILL training and documentation resources are available on the OCLC Support and Training website.  Training resources include:

Self-paced materials that let you learn at your own pace and on your own schedule.

Live virtual training classes that let you ask questions of knowledgeable trainers

Recordings of instructor-lead classes  that include all the information in a live class – available for you to review at your own pace.

Please contact OCLC Support in your region for assistance.