Simplify the complexities of resource sharing. 

Manage your technology without IT support

Because Tipasa is cloud-based, you receive software updates and enhancements automatically. You and your staff can access the system through any computer with an internet connection without installing local clients. And you don’t need to rely on your IT department to manage servers or upgrade software.

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Achieve incredibly fast borrowing turnaround times

Get the details on how Eastern Kentucky University saved an astonishing amount of time by customizing Tipasa resource sharing options to match local needs.

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Maximize delivery speed of your resource sharing service

Find out how smart fulfillment functionality across all OCLC resource sharing services empowers libraries to meet user expectations.

"We love Tipasa’s clean and clear interface, the ease of updating information in the OCLC Service Configuration – I really like working in that environment.  And we love the way the patron interface operates too, we feel it’s very clear and very connected to our discovery interface."

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Emily Tichenor
Northeast Campus Library Director, Tulsa Community College, Tulsa, Oklahoma, United States

Simplify your interlibrary loan processes

Tipasa's straightforward interface makes it easy to train new staff and student workers. They can access it from any computer with an internet connection. Also, the interface adapts to the ILL workflows that work best for your library, which simplifies the management and fulfilment of requests from your users and from other libraries.

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"Tipasa allowed us to integrate the system fully with the rest of our library services so now it’s single log in for our system and ILL, and our borrowing requests have increased about 75% since we went live."

Adam Green
Head of Access Services
John Carroll University, University Heights, Ohio, United States


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Automate your  ILL workflows with new smart fulfillment capabilities 

Smart fulfillment enhances access to more than 10,000 library collections globally. It empowers your library to successfully meet user expectations, while saving time and money.

With Tipasa and smart fulfillment, you can automate fulfillment for specific requests based on the rules you set. For example, if a library user requests an article that’s not available in your library, the request can go unmediated to one of your preferred lenders. With automated receipt of requests, that lender can deliver the document directly to your user.

By using automated processes, reducing staff intervention, and letting smart fulfillment find the suppliers that meet your criteria, you achieve significantly faster turnaround times and reduce costs associated with document delivery and interlibrary loan.

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Connect with your library management system and other ILL systems

Tipasa integrates with library management and ILL systems you use on a daily basis.

  • If your library uses OCLC's WorldShare Management Services (WMS), you can automatically connect ILL workflows with your local catalog, circulation and acquisitions, which will benefit your whole library. For example, your users can always see what they have on hold and when their ILL items are due. And this circulation integration allows Tipasa to automatically check an item out when you set its status to Shipped and check it back in when the request is complete. Learn more about WMS integration.
  • If your library uses Ex Libris Alma, you can connect ILL to your local catalog as well as your circulation system through NCIP. Hear from libraries using this integration.
  • If your library uses Innovative's Sierra and has a Z39.50 server, you can connect ILL to your local catalog to easily see when your library holds an item and its availability, as well as connect ILL to your circulation system using NCIP. Learn more about Sierra integration.
  • If you use other ILL systems, such as Get It Now and Reprints Desk’s Article Galaxy, you can track and manage all requests in the same interface.

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Tipasa, the world’s first cloud-based interlibrary loan management system, allows you to manage a high volume of interlibrary loan requests, automate routine borrowing and lending functions, and provide an enhanced patron experience. You can meet users’ needs without heavy IT support, server management or extensive configuration and training.

Service availability

  • Available in Australia/New Zealand, Europe, Middle East and Africa, and the Americas

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