WorldShare Interlibrary Loan

Automate interlibrary loan staff workflows and help your users quickly get the resources they need.

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Provide local users with global library resources

In the face of a limited budget, reach out to the largest cooperative of resource-sharing libraries in the world to supply your users with the resources they need. WorldShare Interlibrary Loan connects you to thousands of libraries whose entire collections can be viewed at a glance in WorldCat®. Together, these libraries have created a shared, global library collection for the benefit of all library users.

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Manage your ILL workload more efficiently

With a manual process for ILL tasks, you spend a lot of time in one-on-one conversations with other libraries to fulfill requests. WorldShare ILL simplifies your processes by showing you other libraries’ holdings, policies and fees before you make a request. When one library can’t fulfill a request, it’s automatically routed to the next library you identified. In addition, WorldShare ILL is simple to learn and teach to staff. You can set up your library’s policies and other standard information in advance to make sure it’s correctly included on every request.

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Save time and money processing ILL requests

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.

Lend documents quickly and securely

Library users expect to get the materials they request quickly. With WorldShare ILL, you can provide electronic resources shortly after receiving the request. Post these documents on a secure portal where only the user who made the request can access them.

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Make more informed decisions

WorldShare ILL includes built-in statistical reports that you can use to identify trends to help further streamline your workflows and policies. These reports can also help you show your library’s stakeholders how ILL contributes to the greater value of your library.

Member stories

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Bring your prestigious collection out into the world

Learn how the staff at Staatsbibliothek zu Berlin keeps up with increasing demand for items from its large and respected collection.

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Expand your network and gain greater visibility internationally

Find out how Università Bocconi has provided more resources for their students and gained more visibility too.

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

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