WorldCat is the combined catalog of more than 70,000 libraries worldwide that participate in the Online Computer Library Center (OCLC) cooperative. It contains more than 90 million records describing over 1.4 billion physical and electronic information resources, including books, journals, audio-visual materials, internet resources, computer files, maps, musical scores, and archival collections.
Interlibrary Loan service via Worldcat
The Worldcat database offers a link to interlibrary loan (ILL) service. When you identify a specific item you would like to borrow - such as a book - an interlibrary loan request can be initiated by selecting the "Get it @ ISU" button located in the External Resources field. This will open up a new page which lists ISU holdings in electronic, print, or other format.
If there are no ISU holdings listed, select the "request interlibrary loan" link, and then log into the ILLiad interlibrary loan software with the appropriate ID and password. New ILLiad users will need to fill out a background form the first time they use the system.
Once logged into ILLiad, the bibliographic information, including author, title, etc., will automatically transfer to a request form. Users can then click the "submit request" button at the bottom of the form and the request will transfer to Resource Sharing staff for processing.
If the ISU Library owns the material, "Iowa State Univ" will be highlighted in the Worldcat record. Below that statement is a hyperlink that can be selected to place a query via Quick Search. This will provide more details about the item in the ISU collections, including call number and location. If checked out, materials owned by the ISU Library can be requested on interlibrary loan. Books requested via interlibrary loan that turn out to be available in the ISU Library will be pulled and sent to the Circulation Desk where a hold will be placed in the user's account.
Worldcat is not set up for requesting journal articles. Instead, go directly to the ILLiad log in page (link) and place a copy request there.
Interlibrary Loan (ILL) service is intended for academic research. Users placing requests for recreational materials, such as popular DVDs, audio books, etc., may have their requests cancelled. ILL privileges may be suspended in serious cases of abuse.
Worldcat is great way to request materials on interlibrary loan. It allows you to select the exact item you want to borrow, it helps the Resource Sharing office to be productive, and it will probably decrease delivery time.