WorldShare® Interlibrary Loan

WorldShare Interlibrary Loan was updated July 10, 2016. Many enhancements have been made, including the ability to close a batch action list and updates to the system for creating request IDs that improve scalability of the system.. For more details see the July Release Notes.

Before you begin...

Learn how to prepare for your use of WorldShare Interlibrary Loan.

Step 1: Add WorldShare ILL permissions

If you already use WMS, WorldShare Collection Manager, or WorldShare License Manager, you have an existing OCLC Services account that gives you access to several services in the new platform. Before you log on to WorldShare Interlibrary Loan for the first time, you will need to work with someone at your institution who has administrative rights to add WorldShare ILL permissions to your account. If you need assistance, please contact OCLC support, and we can help you add the authorization.

The OCLC Services account also offers self-management of your staff members’ passwords. OCLC does not have access to your password for security reasons. If you forget your password, you may click Reset Password at the bottom of the logon page.

If you have a 9-digit ILL authorization number and password but do not have an OCLC Services account in the WorldShare platform, click here to create your account: Set up your new OCLC Services user account.

If you have neither a 9-digit ILL authorization number and password nor an OCLC Services account in the WorldShare platform, please contact OCLC support.

An ILL subscription is required to access WorldShare Interlibrary Loan. If you do not currently have an ILL subscription, please contact

Step 2: Get Training

See all WorldShare ILL training.

WorldShare ILL tutorials:

Step 3: Get documentation

See the documentation page for valuable resources, now available in several languages.

Other tips

Administrative settings for WorldShare Interlibrary Loan, such as constant data and custom holdings, are maintained in OCLC Service Configuration.  Please check your settings under the WorldShare ILL module.

Configure your constant data records

Constant data is a time-saving tool for both borrowers and lenders.  With it, you can create data records for your library that can be used to simplify and streamline data entry on interlibrary loan requests and workforms.

  • Documentation: OCLC WorldShare Interlibrary Loan: Constant Data.

Set custom holdings paths and groups

For effective borrowing, set custom holdings paths and groups quickly, to automatically identify potential lenders and route requests based on your library’s preferred lenders.

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