Inside Access: World Campus delivery facts

by Carolyn Muse, Interlibrary Loan

World Campus Delivery is brought to you by Interlibrary Loan—the same department that provides patrons’ materials via Faculty/Staff Office Delivery! All graduate and undergraduate students who meet registration criteria are eligible for this service. Patrons can request for materials by these methods:

  • The CAT—patrons can select Penn State-owned, circulating materials via “I Want It” and choose “World” as their pick-up location.
  • ILLiad—if any desired materials are either not available on any of our
    campuses’ shelves or not owned by Penn State, patrons can access Interlibrary Loan’s database search system.  All patrons must be registered with the Libraries as well as in ILLiad to able to order materials.

The items ordered through both methods are checked out in Interlibrary Loan and mailed via UPS to each patron’s home address. As of last year’s fiscal year (2015-2016), a total of 1,029 items were mailed (an average of 19 items/week, 66% “I Want Its”, 7% EZ-Borrow and 27% Borrowing).

Interlibrary Loan has been mailing materials to patrons since 1998 and currently serves more than 1,500 students. Graduate and undergraduate students are equally distributed (undergraduates=765; graduates=768). All fifty states plus Canada are represented in our databases.

The top ten mailing destinations are:

  • Pennsylvania (26% of patrons)
  • California (8%)
  • New Jersey and Virginia (6% each)
  • New York and Texas (5% each)
  • Florida (4%)
  • Georgia, Maryland and North Carolina (3% each)

If you know any undergraduate or graduate student who is eligible for World Campus Delivery or wishes to learn more about this service, here are some helpful links:
World Campus & Distance Researchers (from ILL webpage):

Penn State on-line/World Campus: