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Resource Sharing: Interlibrary FAQs

This guide describes the various ways CDLC facilitates resource sharing while providing an overview of interlibrary loan basics.

Interlibrary Loan at CDLC

CDLC libraries agree to the free exchange of library materials, including, when necessary, gratis photocopies. To support this interlibrary loan activity, the Council maintains a Union Catalog (Capital District Library Access Catalog or CaDiLaC) which includes monographs and the Union List of Serials. CDLC also coordinates the Direct Access Program (DAP) and participates in OCLC WorldShare ILL, DOCLINE, and NYSILL.

Interlibrary loan requests come to the Council via the CDLC eForm. Requests are searched against CaDiLaC for area locations. The results of these searches are then relayed to the requestor, usually by email. For requests with no area locations, CDLC will refer a request via OCLC WorldShare ILL subsystem or DOCLINE.

CDLC also acts as a NYSILL site for its member libraries. This enables CDLC libraries to access the New York State Library to request monographs, journal articles, ERIC documents, U.S. Patents, NTIS reports, and government documents.

CDLC ILL Request Options

CDLC ILL eForm- use this form to send requests to libraries within the CDLC region

ILLiad Request- for use by CDLC libraries to request from CDLC libraries who use ILLiad

Q: How are ILLiad request different from CDLC's eForm?
A: Some CDLC members use a system called ILLiad to help process Interlibrary loan requests. By sending an ILLiad request you are logging into an individual members ILLiad system and submitting a request.

Q: What is the advantage of sending a request via ILLiad?
A: First off, the turnaround time for ILLiad can be a faster than sending a request via CDLC's eForm. This is due to the fact that someone at the lending institution must manually input all the information from CDLC's eForm into ILLiad. Secondly, you have the ability to log back in and check on the status of your request as well as receive email updates and even renew the item. Lastly, not all CDLC members who use ILLiad will accept CDLC's eForm.

Q: Which CDLC members use ILLiad and how do I submit a request?
A: Below is a list of Institution's who use ILLiad. PLEASE NOTE how each institution accepts requests, you may find that using CDLC's eForm may be more ideal.
Each link is site specific to  that institutions  ILLiad web interface and should only be used to request items from that library. This is not a public request interface and can be used ONLY by the Interlibrary Loan departments of registered CDLC libraries.


CDLC's ILLiad Libraries

WorldShare Interlibrary Loan is a service offered by OCLC that gives users the ability to borrow and lend from a large network of more than 9000 libraries in 49 countries. A number of CDLC’s members participate in this service. You can find a list of these members below as well as their Institutional symbol.

Libraries using WorldShare Interlibray Loan can:

  • Search the WorldCat database for needed material
  • Identify potential lenders, check availability of material via links to holding libraries OPACS, check the ILL policies of potential lenders
  • Place and track ILL requests electronically
  • Receive and respond to requests electronically
  • Participate in the state-wide reciprocal ILL group (ZERO)
  • Participate in the nation-wide reciprocal ILL group (LVIS)
  • Create groups of preferred lenders
  • Create and maintain ILL policies
  • Access ILL usage statistics
  • Use Article Exchange, a secure document delivery system
  • Utilize the Interlibrary Loan Fee Management (IFM) feature

CDLC Libraries Not On WorldShare Interlibrary Loan

PLEASE NOTE: If you are a CDLC member that does not participate in WorldShare Interlibrary Loan and are having trouble finding a resource within CDLC’s network, CDLC is happy to assist in borrowing the item. Please send an ILL eForm request to CDLC.

The following CDLC members and libraries participate in ILL via WorldShare Resource Sharing

DOCLINE Interlibrary Loan is the National Library of Medicine's automated interlibrary loan (ILL) request routing and referral system. DOCLINE serves over 3,000 U.S., Canadian, and Mexican medical libraries. A number of CDLC’s institutions are members of the National Network of Libraries of Medicine (NN/LM) and participate in this service. You can find a list of these members below as well as their Institutional symbol.  

CDLC Libraries Not On DOCLINE Interlibrary Loan

PLEASE NOTE: If you are a CDLC member that does not participate in DOCLINE and are having trouble finding a resource within CDLC’s network, CDLC is happy to assist in borrowing the item. Please send an ILL eForm request to CDLC.

The following CDLC members and libraries participate in ILL via DOCLINE

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