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Woodburn, Library Services

What is WorldCat?


WorldCat is a catalog that itemizes the collections of 72,000 libraries in 170 countries and territories that participate in the Online Computer Library Center (OCLC) global network. 

The subscribing members (including Pacific University) collectively maintain the WorldCat database.

When to use WorldCat

For physical resources, try these options first:

  1. Summit library (adoption)
  2. If you don't find what you need, use WorldCat.  (Given your geographic location, you are not able to Pacific University's Boxer Search catalog for books or other physical items.) 

How does interlibrary loan work? 

  1. Physical items ordered via WorldCat, using the interlibrary loan service, will be mailed to the address you used when you created your ILLiad account.
  2. Return the physical resources, using the FedEx label (provided).
  3. .pdf copies of articles will be uploaded to your ILLiad ccount -- you will receive an e-mail once the .pdf article has been posted.


How to use WorldCat

  1. Visit
  2. Click the WorldCat tab
  3. Click Search WorldCat

  1. Enter your search term(s)
  2. Click Search

  1. Scroll through the resources until you find one that you would like to obtain.  This example is a book.
  2. Click the link to the book title.

  1. After you have clicked the title link, scroll down until you see Request from Interlibrary Loan. 
  2. Click Request from Interlibrary Loan

  1. Enter your PUNetID and password.
  2. Click Logon to ILLiad.

  1. The request form is automatically completed for you.
  2. Scroll to the bottom of the form to click Submit Request.
  3. Interlibrary Services will mail the physical resource to you (return using the FedEX label)