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Interlibrary Loan for Pennsylvania Libraries

The 2011 Pennsylvania Interlibrary Loan Guidelines and the 2011 Pennsylvania Interlibrary Loan Procedures Manual provide guidance for the exchange of materials between libraries. They replace the 1994 Pennsylvania Interlibrary Loan Code and the 1995 Pennsylvania Interlibrary Loan Procedures Manual. The revisions incorporated in these new documents represent the work of the Interlibrary Loan Code Committee and the Interlibrary Loan Resources Committee.
 
These documents are designed to address the need for increased flexibility and to better accommodate new technologies. They encourage libraries to share resources liberally and advise that restrictions of the past may no longer apply. Each library should create a written policy statement to share with staff and users that clearly states what materials may be borrowed and lent.
 
The resulting documents continue to reflect a philosophy that strong and well-defined collections must be available in libraries of all types and sizes. Interlibrary loan is a service which may be used to expand and broaden access beyond the scope of local collections. However, it should serve as an adjunct to collections which meet most needs of an individual library’s users.
 
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