Monday, February 1, 2010

Interlibrary loan lecture

What is an interlibrary loan?

An interlibrary loan is a transaction in which a library borrows for its user’s material from another library. The purpose of the interlibrary loan service is to increase access to information by making materials in other libraries available to another library’s clientele.

Not every library has the same materials, so resource sharing can be necessary within an area. Costs are involved depending on service. Red River College doesn’t charge for a 2-week loan with some materials able to be renewed. Other materials will be photocopied and distributed. Reference materials, journals, periodicals, audio visual materials and new materials cannot be requested from the library.

National Guidelines for document delivery – Library & Archives Canada’s Website:

Interlibrary Loan Request Form (CLA format) – Paper forms (no longer used), online forms, international (ifla)

Directories, Handbooks & Websites
Canadian almanac & directory. Toronto: Micromedia, 2004.Directory of Libraries in Canada. Toronto: Micromedia, 2003.Interlibrary loan directory on the Web: Symbols and interlibrary loan policies in Canada.

United States
Symbols of American Libraries. 14th ed. Washington, d.C.: Library of Congress, 1994.
American Library Directory. 56th Ed. New York: Information Today, Inc., 2003.
Encyclopedia of Associations. Detroit: Gale research Co., 2004.

World of learning website

Verification and location: Maplin, MLA (MULS), AMICUS, DOCLINE, AG Canada, OCLC, National Library of Congress

Subscribe and/or search for biblio information in AG Canada. Locations are identified by who Codes. Search by title, author, and/or subject. Apply limits. Docline contains articles and serials health related. Information can be exchanged with other library users.

Periodical Title Abbreviations. Detroit: Gale research co., 2003.

Ulrich’s International Periodicals Directory. New York: Bowker, 2003.

Special Materials
Patents – electronic copies of patents may be obtained from:
Canadian intellectual property Office

Copies of Standards may be obtained from:
Standards Council of Canada
Interlibrary Loans
350 Sparks Street
Ottawa, ON
K1P 6N7

Copies of American theses are usually not available for loan at most universities, but they can be purchased from University Microfilms. Orders can be placed by a toll free line 1-800-343-2599 or through their Website:

Canadian theses are available through the Library & Archives – Canadian Theses portal:

Newspapers: Copies of Canadian newspapers on microfilm can be borrowed from the National Archives of Canada:

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