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Learn lending status and when to return ILL items with a new ILL community-sourced map

With the information provided by the ILL community, OCLC created a physical ILL return and lending map

Recently, ILL professionals banded together to facilitate the safe return of nearly 400,000 WorldShare ILL items that were on loan to 5,674 libraries when COVID-19 swept across the globe. They shared their library’s status via a crowd-sourced list. With the information provided by the ILL community, OCLC created a physical ILL return and lending map that offers the ability to visualize and interact with this information using search and filtering tools.

  • Learn if, and when, to send physical ILL items home. Launched on 8 May, this community-sourced initiative quickly grew to include more than 1,400 libraries. If your library has not yet signed up, please add your library to the map at: oc.lc/mailform. This will allow other libraries to know if, and when, to safely send items home. 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.
  • Learn which libraries are lending physical materials. Even in the midst of the crisis, thousands of WorldShare ILL libraries continue to supply article and e-book requests from electronic holdings. And as this map shows, more than 200 libraries are already reopening lending of physical material through interlibrary loan. Your library can keep its status up to date by using links within the email confirmation you receive when you sign up or by clicking on the map’s Add/Update ILL Status button.

Note that this is for OCLC members. You need your OCLC symbol to participate.

View the map.