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Article Exchange custom version now available

A custom version of OCLC’s Article Exchange document delivery tool is now available for use by OCLC resource sharing subscribers. The custom version delivers all features of Article Exchange in addition to local customization that increases the visibility of library services and reinforces a library’s role in meeting user needs.

Use Article Exchange to:

  • Reinforce your library’s brand. When users see your logo, colors and library name on the interface where they retrieve documents, they are reminded that the service is provided by their library.
  • Deliver larger file sizes. Deliver files up to 120 MB (compared to 60 MB supported by the basic version). Support for larger files is particularly useful for users who require access to large documents, such as image-rich medical resources.
  • Communicate your library’s identity to users who access your library virtually as well as physically. The custom version of Article Exchange supports secure delivery of documents to users regardless of their location. For example, an academic library can use the tool to reach students or faculty at off-campus locations or distance learners who rarely visit campus. Library branding and interface customization add visibility for library services.
  • Provide secure delivery of the electronic resources library users expect. As libraries' services expand to include more and more electronic and digital resources, use of the Article Exchange custom version is an invaluable tool for delivering files that are often too large for transmission via other vehicles, including the original Article Exchange tool. Supporting file sizes up to 120 MB (compared to 60 MB supported by the basic version), the custom version of Article Exchange is particularly useful for users who require access to large documents, such as image-rich medical resources.
  • Transmit documents in formats that can be used by visually impaired users. Support for file formats .doc and .docx enables this segment of your users to consume documents through screen readers and related devices.

Local customization of Article Exchange is easy, so library staff can complete set up quickly and begin to use their library-specific site to deliver documents to their users. Customizable elements include:

Library staff may also customize the e-mail messages that accompany document links.

The new custom version of Article Exchange was developed with input from the following pilot participants:

  • Beatrice R. Pulliam, Providence College
  • Charlotte Rubens, University of California Berkeley
  • Cindy Ellis, Washington State University
  • Harriet H. Gray, Smithsonian
  • Jennifer Morris, MIT
  • Judi King, Arkansas State Library
  • Melissa Jackson, Armstrong-Atlantic University
  • Poul Erlandsen, Danish Royal Library
  • Robyn Clark-Bridges, Mount Mercy University
  • Sandra Al-Abdulmunem, American College of Education
  • Stephen Breedlove, LaSalle University Library
  • Susan Stone, University of Toronto
  • Tess Gibson, University of Arkansas Libraries

How to get started with Article Exchange custom version

Article Exchange custom version provides a low-cost way for libraries to increase the visibility of their services while delivering essential documents to users. Subscribers to OCLC resource sharing services can add the custom version to existing resource sharing subscriptions for a small annual fee, based on library collection size.

To order the new Article Exchange custom version for your library, complete the order form at This order form provides pricing for several ranges of library collection sizes.

Learn more

Join us for an introduction to the custom version of Article Exchange at an informational webinar on Thursday, January 16 at 1:00 pm US Eastern time.