WorldCat Resource Sharing™
Borrow and lend materials with libraries down the road or around the world
When your library belongs to a sharing network, more people find the information they want. Because increasingly Internet-savvy users don't care where material "lives" but do care how fast they can access it, each resource that is quickly borrowed or loaned represents another satisfied customer—and one that your library, or another, could have lost.
When you're a part of WorldCat Resource Sharing, your ability to satisfy the next customer is unmatched. Composed of more than 10,000 libraries worldwide, the WorldCat Resource Sharing network has at its core the comprehensive WorldCat database. WorldCat's millions of records represent library-owned resources—both physical and digital—that cross all manner of subjects, languages, cultures and uniqueness. You fill 95 percent or more of requests, reinforcing the perception of your library as a "one-stop" provider of essential services.
Coming soon - a new resource sharing service
We are now in the early phase of development for a future service that will give WorldCat Resource Sharing users a new interface that simplifies library and end-user requesting workflows through timesaving resource sharing tools.
Learn more about plans for this future service.
WorldShare Interlibrary Loan Update
OCLC's Katie Birch provides an update on plans for WorldShare Interlibrary Loan, the new service that will replace WorldCat Resource Sharing in 2013.
Watch this space for Worldcat Resource Sharing events.