The world is your library, or the state of international interlibrary loan in 2015

Kurt Munson, Hilary H. Thompson*, Jason Cabaniss, Heidi Nance, Poul Erlandsen

*Corresponding author for this work

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Purpose: The purpose of this paper is to provide preliminary results of the 2015 international interlending survey conducted by the ALA RUSA STARS International Interlibrary Loan Committee and compare these results to those of the survey conducted in 2011. Design/methodology/approach: An international survey was developed using Qualtrics to both gather and analyze the results received after the survey was distributed via listservs and personal contacts. Findings: The 2015 survey’s results generally showed similarities to those in 2011 with most participants both borrowing and lending materials internationally. The differences between the 2011 and 2015 survey are highlighted as are barriers to international interlending. Originality/value: This study illustrates the most recent survey of international interlending practices with comparison to previous studies and will yield potential methods and activities for improving resource sharing globally.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)44-57
Number of pages14
JournalInterlending and Document Supply
Issue number2
StatePublished - 2016


  • Interlending
  • Interlibrary loan
  • International
  • Resource sharing
  • Survey research
  • Surveys

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Library and Information Sciences


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