Thursday, February 25, 2016

Revised Interlibrary Loan Code for the United States

The newly revised Interlibrary Loan Code for the United States (2016) has been approved by the ALA RUSA Board of Directors and is now in effect.

All librarians and library staff in the United States who handle interlibrary loan requests or supervise resource sharing operations should read and familiarize themselves with the new ILL Code and its associated documents:

•         Interlibrary Loan Code for the United States
•         Interlibrary Loan Code for the United States Explanatory Supplement
•         ALA Interlibrary Loan Request Form (Fillable PDF)

One of the most notable changes in the new ILL Code is that Due Date has been redefined as the “date by which the material is due to be checked in at the requesting library for return to the supplying library.”  See sections 4.12 and 5.7 of both the ILL Code and Supplement for more information.  Please consider any local implications of this change; for example, supplying libraries should implement a grace period before sending overdue notices to account for items in transit back from the requesting library.

If you are not familiar with the Interlibrary Loan Code for the United States, the preamble of sorts states this: 

The Reference and User Services Association, acting for the American Library Association in its adoption of this code, recognizes that the sharing of material between libraries is a core library service and believes it to be in the public interest to encourage such an exchange.  

In the interest of providing quality service, libraries have an obligation to obtain material to meet the informational needs of users when local resources do not meet those needs. Interlibrary loan (ILL), a mechanism for obtaining material, is essential to the vitality of all libraries.  

The effectiveness of the national interlibrary loan system depends upon participation of libraries of all types and sizes.  

This code establishes principles that facilitate the requesting of material by a library and the provision of loans or copies in response to those requests. 

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