interlibrary loans


Summary: Copies or original works acquired from cooperating institutions on request.

Top Publications

  1. Riordan M, Perry G. Interlibrary cooperation: from ILL to IAIMS and beyond. Bull Med Libr Assoc. 1999;87:251-5 pubmed
    ..An early example of a hospital-based interlibrary cooperative IAIMS effort is described, pointing to future possibilities involving the Internet and regional hospital system intranets. ..
  2. Bennett V, Dell E. Use of group 3-level memory telefacsimiles for enhanced interlibrary loan, part II: Network application. Bull Med Libr Assoc. 1993;81:265-70 pubmed
    ..The article discusses the project history, optimal use of equipment features for library applications, full-scale implementation, and operational issues that affect ILL policy. ..
  3. Wulff J, Nixon N. Quality markers and use of electronic journals in an academic health sciences library. J Med Libr Assoc. 2004;92:315-22 pubmed
    ..Facilitating direct connections between citation databases and the corresponding journal articles regardless of platform or publisher will support scholarship and quality health care. ..
  4. O BRIEN K. Cancelled requests:a study of interlibrary loan requests for items held in a medical library collection. Med Ref Serv Q. 2004;23:17-23 pubmed
    ..Suggestions are presented for steps to lower the cancellation rate. ..
  5. Toth B, Gray J, Brice A. The number needed to read-a new measure of journal value. Health Info Libr J. 2005;22:81-2 pubmed
  6. Kaya K, Bremer T, Carey K. Telefacsimile from a user perspective. Bull Med Libr Assoc. 1987;75:257-9 pubmed
    ..Telefacsimile was found to be a cost-effective and efficient method of document delivery over long distances. ..
  7. Yau L, Newman M, Gascard M. A microcomputer-based, net-lending interlibrary loan system. Bull Med Libr Assoc. 1989;77:343-7 pubmed
    ..It focuses on data entry in the "Library Directory" and "ILL Log Sheet," details of billing invoices, and statistical reports, and flexibility in modifying tax rates, borrowing fees, and other parameters. ..
  8. Lacroix E, Dutcher G. Impact of DOCLINE on interlibrary loan service at the National Library of Medicine. Bull Med Libr Assoc. 1989;77:42-7 pubmed
    ..Some of the decline results from the 11,000 requests that NLM did not fill because the borrowing libraries were not willing to pay the NLM charge for filling the loans. ..
  9. Sutherland S. Evidence-based dentistry: Part II. Searching for answers to clinical questions: how to use MEDLINE. J Can Dent Assoc. 2001;67:277-80 pubmed
    ..The use of well-established search tactics and the unique features of the NLM sites facilitate rapid, effective literature searches. ..

More Information


  1. Saye J, Griffith B. Monograph support provided by the National Library of Medicine and its regional medical libraries in the medical behavioral sciences. Bull Med Libr Assoc. 1988;76:295-305 pubmed
    ..The findings of the study indicate that, regardless of NLM's indication of support to the MBS area, the holdings of more general research and academic libraries are essential to support the monograph needs of MBS researchers. ..
  2. Sayed E, Murray S. User satisfaction survey and usage of an electronic desktop document delivery service at an academic medical library. Med Ref Serv Q. 2003;22:21-9 pubmed
    ..To better support users, the library's Web page was updated to include hardware and software requirements for successful use of the Prospero service, as well as screen shots of the Prospero process. ..
  3. Hill T. Time was, time is now, and time is past: electronic document delivery and hospital librarians. Natl Netw. 2003;28:14-5 pubmed
  4. Lacroix E. SAIL: automating interlibrary loan. Bull Med Libr Assoc. 1994;82:171-5 pubmed
    ..The results of the SAIL project demonstrated that converting journal articles to electronic images and storing them in anticipation of repeated requests would not meet NLM's objective to improve interlibrary loan. ..
  5. Paden S, Batson A, Wallace R. Web-based Loansome Doc, librarians, and end users: results from a survey of the Southeast Region. Bull Med Libr Assoc. 2001;89:263-71 pubmed
    ..While satisfaction of Loansome Doc end users is high, satisfaction could be increased with more help on the PubMed screen, more library training, and faster delivery methods. ..
  6. Haas V. One small community hospital library's successful outsourcing of document delivery: an ongoing study. Med Ref Serv Q. 2000;19:19-30 pubmed
    ..Following is a discussion of one small community hospital's decision to outsource document delivery services as a result of staffing changes and the expansion of additional library programs. ..
  7. Accart J. The Medical Library and Media Center of Keio University in Tokyo: report on a visit. Bull Med Libr Assoc. 1995;83:91-2 pubmed
    ..This article is a report of a professional visit to the library on September 30, 1993. ..
  8. De Groote S, Dorsch J. Online journals: impact on print journal usage. Bull Med Libr Assoc. 2001;89:372-8 pubmed
    ..Possible implications for collection development are discussed. ..
  9. Shaw Kokot J, de la Varre C. Using a journal availability study to improve access. Bull Med Libr Assoc. 2001;89:21-8 pubmed
    ..groups indicated that finding journals was problematic, and internal statistics showed people requesting interlibrary loans for owned items. The study looked at success rates, time, and ease of finding journals...
  10. Dudden R, Coldren S, Condon J, Katsh S, Reiter C, Roth P. Interlibrary loan in primary access libraries: challenging the traditional view. Bull Med Libr Assoc. 2000;88:303-13 pubmed
    ..In addition to validating the important contributions made by primary access libraries to the national ILL system, baseline data that can be used to benchmark current practice performance are provided. ..
  11. Thayer C, Ray K. A local network for sharing resources and technical support: BACS/PHILNET. Bull Med Libr Assoc. 1988;76:343-5 pubmed
    ..Louis area. BACS/PHILNET has evolved beyond a local automated interlibrary loan network to pilot off-site integrated library and information management systems in hospitals. ..
  12. Lovas I, Graham E, Flack V. Health professionals' use of documents obtained through the Regional Medical Library Network. Bull Med Libr Assoc. 1991;79:28-35 pubmed
    ..Technological developments in electronic information transmission and imaging will further enhance network operation in the future. ..
  13. Bellamy L, Silver J, Givens M. Remote access to electronic library services through a campus network. Bull Med Libr Assoc. 1991;79:53-62 pubmed
    ..Remote access, however, is intended to supplement, not to supplant or discourage, in-house library use. ..
  14. Friedman L, Kazen C, Moeller K, Regenberg P, Cohn J, Kell K. A unique approach to multi-state networking: BHSL (Basic Health Sciences Network). Spec Libr. 1994;85:183-94 pubmed
    ..Interlibrary loan activity for 1992 resulted in a collective cost savings of $592,672. This model of resource sharing can be applied to any group of libraries that access a common locator tool. ..
  15. Roussel F, Darmoni S, Thirion B. Cost effectiveness of a medical digital library. Med Inform Internet Med. 2001;26:325-30 pubmed
    ..Moreover, when electronic versions are offered alongside a limited amount of interlibrary loans, a reduction in library costs was observed.
  16. Robishaw S, Roth B. GRATEFUL MED-LOANSOME DOC outreach project in central Pennsylvania. Bull Med Libr Assoc. 1994;82:206-13 pubmed
    ..By the end of the project, 147 (32%) of those who had attended a seminar had access to GRATEFUL MED. ..
  17. Brown H. Pay-per-view in interlibrary loan: a case study. J Med Libr Assoc. 2012;100:98-103 pubmed publisher
    ..Purchasing articles directly from the publisher is a cost-effective method for libraries burdened with high copyright royalty payments. ..
  18. Burnham J, Perry M. Promotion of health information access via Grateful Med and Loansome Doc: why isn't it working?. Bull Med Libr Assoc. 1996;84:498-506 pubmed
    ..Analysis of the responses and observations of the researchers reveal some strategies for enhancing the outcomes of such projects and improving access to medical care literature by health care professionals at rural sites. ..
  19. Lovas I. A look at LOANSOME DOC service. Bull Med Libr Assoc. 1994;82:176-80 pubmed
    ..Future enhancements to LOANSOME DOC are suggested. ..
  20. Kaplan R, Steinberg M, Doucette J. Retention of retrospective print journals in the digital age: trends and analysis. J Med Libr Assoc. 2006;94:387-93, e198-200 pubmed
    ..Materials greater than 20 years old constituted less than 5% of interlibrary loans and less than 9% of articles noted in the citation analysis...
  21. Roberts A. On the history and growth of the Bristol Medicl School Library. Bristol Med Chir J. 1970;85:93-100 pubmed
  22. Bennett V, Wood M, Malcom D. Criteria-based evaluation of group 3 level memory telefacsimile equipment for interlibrary loan. Bull Med Libr Assoc. 1990;78:131-9 pubmed
    ..The evaluation grid developed in the weighted analysis process should aid librarians charged with the selection of level 3 telefacsimile equipment. ..
  23. Bunting A. Legal considerations for document delivery services. Bull Med Libr Assoc. 1994;82:183-7 pubmed
  24. Sittig D. Use of fuzzy set theory to extend Dhawan's journal selection model: ranking the biomedical informatics serials. Bull Med Libr Assoc. 1999;87:43-9 pubmed
    ..Such a ranked list provides librarians and researchers alike with the information necessary to help them make their biomedical informatics serial selection decisions based on objective, quantifiable data. ..
  25. Light J, Chapple Sokol A. More on Loansome Doc. J Med Libr Assoc. 2002;90:111 pubmed
  26. Bennett V, Palmer E. Electronic document delivery using the Internet. Bull Med Libr Assoc. 1994;82:163-7 pubmed
    ..This article describes the Ariel project history, the transition to Ariel from the telefacsimile network, evaluation of equipment features for processing efficiency, and operational issues affecting ILL policy. ..
  27. Glover S, Addison J, Gleghorn C, Aalai E, Annis S. Interlending and document supply trends in NHS North West health libraries 2003/2004 to 2006/2007. Health Info Libr J. 2009;26:32-8 pubmed publisher
    ..Although the fall in document supply activity is expected to continue, a critical mass of information is likely to remain behind subscription barriers and this, in turn, will necessitate supply from external sources. ..
  28. McGaugh D. The effect of DOCLINE on interlibrary loan volume and patterns among health sciences libraries in Michigan: preliminary analysis. Bull Med Libr Assoc. 1990;78:124-30 pubmed
    ..The number of libraries changing from net lender to net borrower or the reverse after the adoption of DOCLINE is tracked. Results fail to support the expectation that DOCLINE would produce major change in ILL volume or pattern. ..
  29. Tahim A, Stokes O, Vedi V. A national survey of UK health libraries investigating the cost of interlibrary loan services and assessing the accessibility to key orthopaedic journals. Health Info Libr J. 2012;29:110-8 pubmed publisher
    ..It provides a reflection of current policy of charging for the acquisition of medical evidence by libraries in the UK. ..
  30. Dwyer M. Governmental relations. Natl Netw. 2002;26:11 pubmed
  31. Sekerak R, Light J, Wang H, Hall E. A trial of three commercial document delivery suppliers with strong holdings in biomedicine. Med Ref Serv Q. 1997;16:27-36 pubmed
    ..The Medical Library continues to use commercial services to augment interlibrary loan. ..
  32. Miller J. Primary clientele as a predictor of interlibrary borrowing: a study of academic health sciences libraries. Bull Med Libr Assoc. 1997;85:11-5 pubmed
    ..This relationship was not found in libraries with collections of more than 70,000 titles. Further research into the predictors of ILL borrowing volume in the relatively controlled environment of the OhioLINK system is proposed. ..
  33. Potter L, Zenan J. Expanding the DOCLINE network to include nonmedical libraries in the state of Nevada. Bull Med Libr Assoc. 1993;81:54-5 pubmed
    ..The process of convincing academic and community college libraries to join DOCLINE and the resulting benefits of improved resource sharing and cooperative collection development are discussed. ..
  34. Brown P, Blucker D. Interlibrary cooperation in the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia: the holder-of-record system. Bull Med Libr Assoc. 1987;75:323-5 pubmed
    ..Interlibrary loan activity was more evenly distributed, and 70% of requisitions which previously had to be handled by foreign libraries can now be filled in Saudi Arabia. ..
  35. Khan M, Ahmed Z, Akhter N. Health sciences libraries and information services in Bangladesh. Bull Med Libr Assoc. 1990;78:370-5 pubmed
    ..A survey of libraries is reported, the country's national science and technology information policy is defined, and recommendations for action are proposed. ..
  36. Duran N, Buckley C, Ng M. A use study of speech pathology and audiology periodicals at Illinois State University. Bull Med Libr Assoc. 1997;85:373-7 pubmed
    ..While the lists of journals developed in the study are not sufficient to serve as true core lists, they should be useful to libraries supporting comparable programs in speech pathology and audiology. ..
  37. Wescott B, Kwan J, Jahr J. Considerations for EFTS. Members maintaining a routing table in DOCLINE 1.3. Natl Netw. 2002;27:15 pubmed
  38. Downing A. The consequences of offering fee-based services in a medical library. Bull Med Libr Assoc. 1990;78:57-63 pubmed
    ..The discussion includes references to the program of fee-based services offered by the New York Academy of Medicine Library. ..
  39. Chamberlain D. A pilot study on the use of inter-library loans by clinical staff. Health Info Libr J. 2003;20:235-9 pubmed
  40. Borsman M. Faxon Finder/Faxon Xpress: report from a beta test site. Bull Med Libr Assoc. 1994;82:168-70 pubmed
    ..This paper describes a beta test of the Faxon Finder/Faxon Xpress table of contents and document delivery services conducted by the Treadwell Library of the Massachusetts General Hospital. ..
  41. Steynberg S, Rossouw S. Testing Orr's document delivery test on biomedical journals in South Africa. Bull Med Libr Assoc. 1995;83:78-84 pubmed
    ..68 to CI = 92.97 for the journals sampled. The DDT methodology was found to be practical, applicable to such studies, and flexible. Its use is recommended for similar studies. ..
  42. Pugh M. Focused assessment in an incorporated library: using loan and survey data to develop a mental health monograph subcollection. J Med Libr Assoc. 2005;93:116-8 pubmed
  43. Cumbers B, Donald A. Evidence-based practice. Data day. Health Serv J. 1999;109:30-1 pubmed
    ..The most serious barrier was the poor state of the information itself. Investment should focus on developing the information, followed by effective and easy-to-use search methods. ..
  44. Léon G, Ouimet M, Lavis J, Grimshaw J, Gagnon M. Assessing availability of scientific journals, databases, and health library services in Canadian health ministries: a cross-sectional study. Implement Sci. 2013;8:34 pubmed publisher
    ..of Canadian health ministries did not have subscription access to key journals and relied heavily on interlibrary loans. Overall, based on a sample of high-ranking scientific journals, availability of journals through ..
  45. Lacroix E, Collins M. Interlibrary loan in US and Canadian health sciences libraries 2005: update on journal article use. J Med Libr Assoc. 2007;95:189-94 pubmed
    ..Total ILL traffic has been declining in recent years following a peak in 2002, and fewer of the articles requested were published in the most recent five years compared to requests from 1992. ..
  46. Lacroix E. Interlibrary loan in U.S. health sciences libraries: journal article use. Bull Med Libr Assoc. 1994;82:363-8 pubmed
    ..This study has provided valuable information for planning of NLM's interlibrary document delivery services and also should have significance for libraries and other organizations involved in document delivery. ..
  47. Wakeham M. Marketing and health libraries. Health Info Libr J. 2004;21:237-44 pubmed
    ..Marketing techniques are equally applicable to physical and digital library services. ..
  48. Arcari R, Lewis J, Donnald E. The Electronic Fund Transfer System (EFTS). J Med Libr Assoc. 2004;92:493-5 pubmed
  49. Hadley A, Cohen A. From information jungle trails to superhighways for health caregivers in the Pacific. Pac Health Dialog. 2002;9:242-5 pubmed
    ..In this way medical services can now readily access a wider network of health information. ..
  50. Goldstein M, Sibley D. The Maine electronic document delivery project: a cooperative project of Maine hospital libraries and the NN/LM New England Region. Med Ref Serv Q. 2003;22:53-62 pubmed
    ..This form of document delivery was faster than standard service with better quality of delivered articles. The column describes the project and outlines possible future steps. ..
  51. Klein P, Hewison N. QuickDOC: an interlibrary loan department in a microcomputer. Med Ref Serv Q. 1991;10:11-32 pubmed
    ..QuickDOC's creator is very responsive to suggestions from users and continues to enhance the capabilities of this excellent software package. ..
  52. Prendergast N. Trends in the use of DOCLINE and the OCLC ILL subsystem 1986-1992. Bull Med Libr Assoc. 1994;82:271-6 pubmed
    ..The ratio of requests via DOCLINE versus OCLC ranged from 2:1 to 5:1. In the non-health sciences libraries that request from HSL, use of DOCLINE is minimal compared to that of OCLC. ..
  53. Perkins M. Literature searching and document delivery: organisational issues. Pac Health Dialog. 2000;7:100-4 pubmed
    ..If such legislation is not to adversely affect information access, professionals must be involved in the creation and amendment of such legislation. Finally, a list of references are given many of which include internet addresses. ..