WorldCat® Local delivery-related frequently asked questions

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How do users gain access to eBooks via WorldCat Local?

Access to eBooks from is achieved through:

  • IP authentication
  • Remote authentication through a proxy server
  • Links in the 856 field of WorldCat records.

Is it possible to block the ILL option for items that we own, but do not lend (such as multimedia materials)?

Yes, libraries can define as part of their workflow fulfillment options when they allow users to place ILL requests.

With which resource sharing systems does WorldCat Local operate?

WorldCat Local currently interoperates with OCLC's WorldCat Resource Sharing, ILLiad and VDX services, in addition to the INN-Reach service from Innovative Interfaces, Universal Borrowing (shared catalog) from ExLibris and RELAIS ILL. WorldCat Local can be configured to interoperate with other OpenURL 1.0-compliant resource sharing services.