Requesting a WSKey from OCLC

Starting with ILLiad 8.4, you will need a WSKey to utilize new Article Exchange features. You will also need the WSKey for other OCLC functionality in ILLiad in the future.

Create OCLC Account

Before you are able to request a WSKey from OCLC, you first need to have an OCLC account set up. This account is separate from your OCLC/Firstsearch Admin Authorization and password (which you will use later in this process)It is recommended to use your institution's contact information instead of your personal information when creating this account. If you have a shared server ILLiad installation and you have multiple OCLC symbols, you will need to request a WSKey and secret for each symbol.

  1. Go to https://worldcat.org/config/ and click Create an account on the top of the page. If you already have an OCLC account, log in with your username and password by clicking on the bigger box.

  2. Before you can request a WSKey, you will need to add your institution to your account by clicking Settings at the top of the page.
  3. To add an institution, click Authorize Institutions. Enter your Autho and Password for your institution, and click Add Institution.


Request the WSKey

  1. After you have an account you can request your WSKey
  2. Navigate to https://platform.worldcat.org/wskey/
  3. Click Request a WSKey.



    1. Fill in the Request a WSKey page as follows—
      1. Environment: ProductionServices (select all 3) :
        1. Article Exchange
        2. ILL Fee Management API
        3. Interlibrary Loan Policies Directory
      2. WSKey Name: ILLiad
      3. Reason: ILLiad functionaliy
      4. Registry ID: Beginning April 2018, you will need to include the Registry ID. Here is how to locate your libraries Registry ID.
        1. Open http://www.worldcat.org/webservices/registry/xsl/identifiers.
        2. Search for your institution by name or OCLC symbol.
        3. Select Identifiers from the left menu.
        4. Your Idenitifer will display in the new window that opens.
      5. Symbol: (Your institution's OCLC symbol)
      6. Redirect URI: (leave blank)
      7. Usage: (leave blank)
  4. You will be notified once the key has been created by OCLC.

Generate the WSKey Secret

  1. After receiving the notification, you will need to generate the WSKey Secret.
    1. Select WSKeys.
    2. Click the link under the Secret column to display your WSKey secret.
  2. To learn how to configure ILLiad to use the WSKey and secret, see Configuring Article Exchange Integration.