WorldShare Interlibrary Loan

Automate your ILL workflows
with a modern cloud-based service.

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Get your library users what they need through a powerful network

When your budget is tight—or uncertain, reach out to the largest network of resource-sharing libraries in the world to supply your library users with the electronic or print resources they need, including those hard-to-find items.

WorldShare Interlibrary Loan connects you to more than 10,000 libraries with collections you can view at a glance in WorldCat. Together, this powerful network across more than 50 countries creates a shared, global library collection for all library users.


Since WorldCat—with over 547 million bibliographic records and more than 3.3 billion holdings—is the foundation of WorldShare Interlibrary Loan, you can easily see the resources available from other libraries, borrow directly from them, and share your resources.

Deliver e-resources super fast and super safe

Fill requests for copies within 24 hours—sometimes in as little as 15 minutes.

Library users expect to get the items they request fast. With WorldShare ILL, you can provide e-resources quickly and easily by checking WorldCat knowledge base details directly in WorldShare ILL’s staff interface. Then, post the requested e-resource on a secure portal where only the user who made the request can access it.

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Automate 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 WorldShare ILL and smart fulfillment, you can use automation to ensure requests require less staff intervention so you can focus on those requests that require more time and attention.

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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Highlights of WorldShare ILL

  • Built on the modern, cloud-based WorldShare platform
  • Secure, as the WorldShare platform aligns to ISO 27001 and the NIST Cyber Security Framework and is FedRAMP compliant
  • Standards-based (Z39.50 and OpenURL as well as ISO 10160/1 and ISO 18626)
  • Supports ISO ILL Direct Request (i.e., generate borrowing requests from local ILS) and the following third-party systems: III Millennium, Polaris, and Sierra, and SirsiDynix Symphony
  • Integrated with Article Exchange to deliver documents easily and securely as well as Scannx and BSCAN scanners to further streamline workflows
  • Available as both a stand-alone service and fully integrated with OCLC's WorldShare Management Services (WMS)

Save time with ILL Fee Management

Managing invoices and payments to cover ILL fees can take time away from other, more value-added tasks. WorldShare ILL allows you to consolidate all your ILL credits and debits into your OCLC invoice so you can reconcile a month’s worth of transactions all at once. 

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Run reports to help you further streamline workflows

WorldShare ILL includes built-in statistical reports that you can use to assess borrowing and lending patterns in your library to further refine staffing, workflows, and policies. These reports help you show your library’s stakeholders your borrowing/lending numbers, fill rates, and turnaround times, all of which demonstrate how ILL contributes to the greater value of your library.

Member stories

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Update workflows and fill requests faster

Learn how Baldwin Wallace University used WorldShare ILL’s smart fulfillment capabilities to update workflows and fill requests faster.

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Gain greater visibility and share research internationally

Learn how staff at Università degli Studi di Enna Kore made more resources available to their users, while also increasing their global reach.

"WorldShare ILL complies with copyright restrictions while being vendor-friendly and easy to use. This is the most uncomplicated way of processing requests I've seen in my 15 years of working with ILL."

Robyn Clark-BridgesRobyn Clark-Bridges
Evening Supervisor and Interlibrary Loan Associate

Mount Mercy University

WorldShare Interlibrary Loan automates your interlibrary borrowing and lending processes through the largest resource-sharing network in the world to save your staff time and to ensure timely delivery of items to the people who need them.

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  • Available everywhere

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WorldShare ILL is available as a stand-alone service or as part of the WorldShare Management Services suite.

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