Posted by: ashuping1 | September 28, 2007

What is ILL?

How many of you first year students know what Interlibrary Loan is or how it works? How about second or third years? Seniors? Professors? Come on be honest with yourself now. Its okay if you don’t. Interlibrary Loan, like most of the library, is hidden away. You know it exists, you know it can get materials for you, but how ILL works and how these materials get to you are often a mystery.

Are you ready to learn more about ILL? Never fear then, as this blog will help you better understand what Interlibrary Loan (ILL) is and how it works. It will also help you better understand when to use ILL and when other options might server you better.

You’ll find answers to some of the perplexing questions on Interlibrary Loan here, such as:

How does ILL work?

What type of materials can I request?

What are some alternatives to ILL?

And why 42?

So sit back, read and feel free to come back as many times as you’d like. Read as little or as much when you’re here. The blog is always open and never closed. Comments are welcome as we are always seeking new ways to improve our processes so please let us know of any suggestions.

Have you ever looked at where some of your materials come from?

Wondering where your materials come from? Or how about where are some of library’s materials are sent? Take a look at this Google Map. The map is a representation of Mercer University, Jack Tarver Library. The blue mark represents Jack Tarver Library, red are borrowing libraries (libraries that borrowed materials from us), and green are lending libraries (libraries that have been nice enough to lend materials to us).

Take a look at our special Trivia Section below:
Check back once a month for Trivia questions.


What’s the strangest place that the Jack Tarver Library has lent books too?
Hint: Take a look at the Google Map

Head on to the next page: What is Interlibrary Loan?

Please note
that this “blog” is set up like a miniwebpage.   There will be additional pages added as time permits.  Comments are welcome and encouraged.   If you notice any inaccuracies please leave a comment and let me know.

If you’re wondering who I am, I’m the Interlibrary Loan/Circulation Services Librarian at Jack Tarver Library, Mercer University, Macon, GA.


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