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WISCAT Licensing

WISCAT license renewals are not automatic. Libraries must submit a new order each year to continue access. The WISCAT licensing period for 2021 is now closed. The licensing period for 2022 will open in the fall of 2021.

WISCAT Licensing Fees


Individual Libraries

The annual WISCAT membership license fee is $200 per individual library login code. All WISCAT resource sharing functions are included in the membership fee, for example:

  • Create and manage interlibrary loan (ILL) requests
  • Access to out-of-state library lenders
  • Optional patron-initiated interlibrary loan
  • Access to interlibrary loan reports and statistics
  • Add, change, or delete holdings interactively in the union catalog
  • Customize search and display screen options
  • Technical support and training
  • Download MARC records

County Library ILL Clearinghouses

Entities representing a legally constituted county library AND acting as an ILL Clearinghouse qualify for alternative pricing.

Libraries or clearinghouses using ILLiad or another ILL management software

The ISO ILL standard allows WISCAT, WorldShare, and ILLiad to work together. This is intended to encourage sharing resources across software platforms and provide the broadest collection of available information and resources to Wisconsin residents. Resources for Libraries and Lifelong Learning staff will work to implement cross-platform communication to the extent the technology is supported by both the software vendors and the ISO ILL standard protocol.

  • Individual libraries using ILLiad (or other software) wanting to directly send requests to WISCAT libraries are required to be WISCAT members. Currently that member fee is $200 per year.
  • Public library systems using ILLiad (or other software) to refer requests on behalf of multiple libraries to WISCAT also need to be full members. The fee is currently $200 per year.

Please note there is no charge to:

  • Make your Z39.50 compatible library catalog accessible in WISCAT
  • Libraries that choose to participate in interlibrary loan as a lender using the WISCAT software or via email. Access to all functionality is available with a license.

Contact WISCAT staff for more information.