May 20, 2022

OCLC Begins Rollout of WorldShare Interlibrary Loan For U.S. Libraries

From OCLC:

WorldShare Interlibrary Loan expands traditional interlibrary loan with new, integrated delivery options that support new library workflows that have developed in response to changing user needs. In the new service, interlibrary loan is just one of a growing list of delivery options that includes short-term access to e-books and convenient ways to purchase needed resources instead of borrowing them.


WorldShare Interlibrary Loan will replace WorldCat Resource Sharing in December 2013, when access to WorldCat Resource Sharing ends.


Use of WorldShare Interlibrary Loan is open to libraries in the United States during the initial phase of its rollout.

In March, you will find a new, intuitive interface with features that are new to WorldShare Interlibrary Loan as well as a new look for familiar features from WorldCat Resource Sharing.

By May, functionality of the new service will include that of WorldCat Resource Sharing in addition to features unique to the new service. We will continue to expand the service with additional functionality in the future.

Given our schedule for adding features to WorldShare Interlibrary Loan, we suggest you plan to begin using the new service after March if your library:

  • Provides patron-initiated interlibrary loan requesting
  • Uses ILLiad
  • Is located in a country other than the United States. Our global rollout of the new service will extend to your country in June 2013.
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