Fun facts: Interlibrary loan

Posted on October 18th, 2010 by

Although you may have been the grateful recipient of an obscure dissertation borrowed through ILL from a library across the nation, you probably don’t think about the lending side of ILL. What kinds of materials are being requested by other libraries from the Gustavus collection?

Our Scandinavian crime fiction has been enormously popular. Here’s an example.

The Redeemer by Jo Nesbø has been in the Gustavus collection since April 2009. To date, it has circulated 13 times. Seven of those circulations have been to libraries out of state. The Redeemer has traveled to Wyoming, Vermont, Texas, New York, Maryland and was sent twice to Oregon.

In addition, between May 2009 and September 2010, we had to say “no” to thirty-four requests for this title from out-of-state libraries because it was already checked out!

As always, our interlibrary loan privileges with other institutions are dependent on “good behavior.” Help us return material in a timely manner so we don’t jeopardize those privileges. Questions? See the ILL page of the library website.


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