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Charging for interlibrary loan nationally and internationally

Graham P Cornish (Programme Officer of the IFLA Programme for the Universal Availability of Publications (UAP) and Research Officer of the IFLA Office for International Lending, based at the British Library Document Supply Centre.)

Interlending & Document Supply

ISSN: 0264-1615

Article publication date: 1 March 1992



Discusses the arguments for and against the trend of charging for interlibrary loans. Considers the costs of interlending, sources of information, the charging situation in the United Kingdom, Europe, former USSR, USA and Canada, and Australia, as well as the reasons for not charging: transaction size, political reasons, income retention/use and moral objection. Concludes that the trend towards charging is likely to widen the gap between those who can afford to pay for documents and those who can′t, to the detriment of library co‐operation.



Cornish, G.P. (1992), "Charging for interlibrary loan nationally and internationally", Interlending & Document Supply, Vol. 20 No. 3, pp. 102-107.




Copyright © 1992, MCB UP Limited

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