WorldShare® Interlibrary Loan

OCLC resource sharing facts and statistics

Number of libraries worldwide


Number of countries where OCLC resource sharing is used


Number of requests processed through OCLC resource sharing in FY22


Since the introduction of OCLC's first interlibrary loan service in 1979, resource sharing activity has continued to grow. Each year, our systems handle millions of interlibrary loan requests from all over the world. Take a look at recent request data in the OCLC Next blog posts below.

2019: Marking ten years of “Top 10” resource sharing request data, March 2020

Looking at interlibrary loan requests, 2018 edition, April 2019

Looking at interlibrary loan, 2017 edition, March 2018

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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