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Help crowdsource the safe return of ILL physical items

Know if, and when, to send items back to their home libraries

Interlibrary loan is the embodiment of sharing on a global scale. When COVID-19 hit, nearly 400,000 physical items were on loan to 5,674 libraries via the WorldShare ILL network.

As these libraries begin to reopen, ILL professionals need to know if, and when, to send items back to their home libraries. If items are mailed to libraries that are not open and able to receive them, there is a higher probability they will be lost or damaged, or libraries will incur additional fees because items are undeliverable.

Help crowdsource the safe return of ILL physical items. At the request of the ILL community, and to support this urgent need, OCLC is providing an easy way for you to signal when it is safe to mail physical items back to your library.

  1. Please add your library to the crowdsourced list: oc.lc/mailform.
  2. Update your library’s status over time by following the instructions you will receive in your confirmation email
  3. View the status of all libraries: oc.lc/mailstatus

Special thanks to OCLC SHARES members for early identification of this need and helping to make it better!

Here at OCLC, we are committed to helping you and your library through these challenging times. Check out the Reopening Archives, Libraries, and Museums Information Hub and the COVID-19 Information and Resources for access to all of our initiatives.