WorldShare® Interlibrary Loan

Article Exchange

Secure, copyright-compliant delivery of documents

The Article Exchange document-sharing site provides a single, secure location where lending libraries worldwide can place requested documents and library users can retrieve articles or book chapters obtained for them via interlibrary loan. This site adds convenience, security and enhanced copyright compliance to article sharing through interlibrary loan. Article Exchange is accessible to lenders from within the OCLC WorldShare Interlibrary Loan service and through an ILLiad add-on. A cloud-based delivery option, the site can be accessed by staff and users of borrowing libraries, whether or not they use WorldShare Interlibrary Loan or ILLiad.*

"The main reason that we use Article Exchange is that it was really easy to implement into our workflow. [It has also] allowed us to share more of our collection because we have been able to loan more from journals we originally had to deflect. We've increased our lending by about 30 percent, which is really nice."   

Joanne McIntyre
Interlibrary Loan Manager at the Levy Library

Article Exchange:

  • Is a truly global, document delivery option. Lending libraries that use WorldShare Interlibrary Loan or ILLiad can deliver documents through the site regardless of their geographic location.
  • Is included in an OCLC Resource Sharing subscription at no additional charge. Users may upload up to 1,000 files per day per authorization. There is no limit to the number of documents a library user can retrieve daily.
  • Eliminates security issues often encountered when documents are transmitted through e-mail. Files up to 120 MB—including high-resolution documents—can be placed on the site for pick-up by library users.
  • Supports compliance with copyright guidelines with automatic deletion of files. Viewed files are deleted after 1 to 10 or unlimited views (the library can set the number of views) and unviewed files are deleted after 1 to 30 days (the libary can set the number of days).
  • Requires no software download or special arrangements for access through a local firewall.
  • Provides platform-independent access from any operating system.
  • Integrates with Scannx and BSCAN scanners to further streamline workflows. Article Exchange updates the WorldShare ILL or Tipasa request with the document URL and password when you have also scanned in the Request ID.

Article Exchange supports delivery of documents in the following formats: BMP, GIF,J2K, JIF, JFI, JFIF, JP2,JPE, JPEG, JPF, JPM, JPX, JPG, MDI, MJ2, PEG/JFIF, JPEG 2000, PDF, PNG, PSD, TIF, TIFF, TGA, TPIC, WEBP and ZIP.

How it works

From WorldShare Interlibrary Loan, borrowing libraries use the "Borrowing Notes" field of the request form to indicate their desire to retrieve a document from this site. Lending libraries scan documents and upload them to the site for retrieval by users.* They have two ways to inform borrowing libraries of a document's availability:

  1. The site generates a unique tinyURL and password for each document. Cut and paste the tinyURL and password in the Lending Notes or Alert field of the request form and update the request status to SHIPPED.
  2. Use the e-mail function within Article Exchange. When they upload the file, the site generates a unique tinyURL and password for each document. An e-mail button is also present so the lender can click on the e-mail button, insert the borrower's e-mail address and send the link and password directly to the borrower.

Once a file has been retrieved, the library user can view the file (the library can configure the number of views (1-10 or unlimited) before the document is deleted). Also the library user will have 1 to 30 days to view the document before it is deleted (the library can configure the number of days (1 to 30) until the document is deleted). Additionally, the library can also require the library user click through a copyright statement before viewing the document.

* OCLC is not aware of any library locations that cannot lend or retrieve documents through the Article Exchange site.