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Steely Library joins exclusive online library network to provide streamlined access to digital resources

August 4, 2021
Information seekers at Steely can gain access to digital resources outside of the library within 18 hours or less.

Earlier this year, Steely earned an exclusive membership to join the OCLC Express program through continued dedication to sharing resources and performing at the top 10% of libraries who are part of OCLC’s WorldShare interlibrary loan service (ILL).  

OCLC is a nonprofit computer library cooperative that connects libraries across the globe. The Express program collects data to automate and streamline the digital lending process. Participating libraries pool and share resources knocking down preexisting institutional and technological barriers that hindered libraries’ ability to serve their communities. Steely’s OCLC Express program membership is an active step in the pursuit to expand NKU’s access to the world’s information and reduce library costs.  

With an average turnaround time of 10 hours, Steely can borrow and lend digital resources across a network of over 1,100 libraries. 

 How to borrow a resource through ILL:  

  • To borrow a resource from another library, fill out the online request form on the Steely website: Interlibrary Loan Request Form. Once approved, the requestor receives an email containing a link to the digital publication along with a case-sensitive access password. Note: Once logged in to the account, requestors can sign up for text message notifications by clicking ‘PROFILE’ and adding a phone number.
  •  Typically, articles are available for five views or 30 days, whichever comes first. If needed longer, the borrower must submit another request form.
  •   If requesting a physical loan (book, DVD, etc.), the item will be available for pick up at Steely’s third-floor access service desk.   

At Steely, the world’s information is at your fingertips. Visit us today.  

Steely thanks the ILL team for their hard work keeping the library a top OCLC ILL performer.