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OCLC's new ILL service now available for U.S. libraries

WorldShare Interlibrary Loan expands traditional interlibrary loan with new, integrated delivery options that support new library workflows that have developed in response to changing user needs. In the new service, interlibrary loan is just one of a growing list of delivery options that includes short-term access to e-books and convenient ways to purchase needed resources instead of borrowing them.

The WorldShare Platform supports new features in WorldShare™ Interlibrary Loan that require interoperation with other applications, such as the display of lender costs from the Policies Directory and display of item availability from a library's ILS.  In the future, additional integration with other WorldShare applications will benefit libraries that subscribe to multiple WorldShare applications.

WorldShare Interlibrary Loan will replace WorldCat Resource Sharing in December 2013, when access to WorldCat Resource Sharing ends.

Who should begin to use the service now?

Use of WorldShare Interlibrary Loan is open to libraries in the United States during the initial phase of its rollout.

In March, you will find a new, intuitive interface with features that are new to WorldShare Interlibrary Loan as well as a new look for familiar features from WorldCat Resource Sharing.  By May, functionality of the new service will include that of WorldCat Resource Sharing in addition to features unique to the new service.  We will continue to expand the service with additional functionality in the future.

Given our schedule for adding features to WorldShare Interlibrary Loan, we suggest you plan to begin using the new service after March if your library:

  • Provides patron-initiated interlibrary loan requesting
  • Uses ILLiad
  • Is located in a country other than the United States. Our global rollout of the new service will extend to your country in June 2013.

Note to Resource Sharing Group members: If you belong to a group that shares an OCLC resource sharing subscription, you will receive information directly from your group administrator about training and support plans for members of your group.

Getting started

Your first step toward using WorldShare Interlibrary Loan is to let us know you are ready to begin. Just complete and submit  the registration form, and the OCLC team will send you the details you need to begin, including instructions for setting up new user accounts that replace the 9-digit authorizations and passwords you now use to access WorldCat Resource Sharing.

Following registration, you may review the variety of training and documentation resources available to help you become familiar with the new service.

We recommend starting with self-paced materials that let you learn at your own pace and on your schedule. For more personal training, consider registering for a live virtual training session.

Learn more

Additional information, including a timeline for adding new functionality to WorldShare Interlibrary Loan, is available on the WorldShare Interlibrary Loan website.