WorldShare Interlibrary Loan

WorldShare Interlibrary Loan

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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Get resources from thousands of libraries all over the world

Share collections with libraries around the world or just across town. Look beyond a library’s holdings and choose the libraries you want to share with based on cost, location, item format, turnaround time and delivery and payment methods, all within a single interface.

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Save time with each ILL request

WorldShare ILL is simple to use and to teach to library generalists and student workers, so you can focus your attention on high-priority or challenging requests. You can automatically incorporate your review and deflection policies, shipping information, lists of favorite lenders and other information into each request to further streamline your processes. And, because the system is cloud-based, you no longer have to rely on the availability of IT support to implement and use it.

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Save money and consolidate management of ILL fees

Simplify ILL payments and charges by routing all fees through your regular OCLC invoice. Interlibrary Loan Fee Management (IFM) allows you to easily reconcile all ILL fees on a monthly basis. Free your staff from calculating fees, writing and mailing checks and following up on unpaid invoices. Participating libraries report an average savings of more than $45 per request by eliminating invoices and check writing for individual transactions.

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Deliver documents easily and securely

Eliminate security and access problems that arise when emailing large documents to other libraries and library users. Article Exchange offers a secure location within WorldShare ILL where you can upload a requested document and provide access only to the user who made the request for a limited time. You can fulfill requests within hours, not days. Integration with scanners from Scannx and BSCAN allow you to further streamline workflows with the option to scan and deliver directly to the patron.

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Simplify the sharing of e-resources

Connect users to electronic resources with easy identification of e-content available through other libraries or open-access providers. Through integration with WorldCat knowledge base, ILL requests you receive include a direct link to articles that you’re licensed to supply, so you can immediately and automatically fulfill those requests.

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