This document-sharing site provides a single, secure location where lending libraries can place—and library users can retrieve—articles, book chapters and other electronic-format materials obtained via interlibrary loan. Article Exchange adds convenience, security and enhanced copyright compliance to online ILL sharing.

Instructions for lending library staff

OCLC Article Exchange lets you upload files for pick-up by library users anywhere in the world. Only persons with the correct URL and password combination will be able to download the file.

Select the file you would like to drop off, then click "Drop File" and you'll receive a URL and a password with which the file can be retrieved.

Next you need to:

  • Save the URL and password and insert them into the Lender workform in Lending Notes or the Alert field.
  • Update the ILL request to YES.
  • Send an e-mail to let the borrower know there is a document available for pick-up. Click on the e-mail button and insert the borrowing library's e-mail address. Also include the interlibrary loan record number so the borrower can trace the request.

After the file has initially been picked up, it will remain available on this site for thirty days. After thirty days, the file will be removed. A file can be picked up a maximum of five times for each URL/password combination. Files that are never picked up will be removed after 30 days.