Interlibrary loan and document delivery: costs and fees

Murray S. Martin (Murray S. Martin is a Library Consultant)

The Bottom Line

ISSN: 0888-045X

Publication date: 1 December 1996


Presents a comparison between the two modes of information delivery and discusses the costs involved, along with their place in the library budget. Cost recovery has become a hot issue, but must be considered within the library’s mission. Considers various responses and their consequences, including the results of using commercial services to meet library goals. Offers a methodology for determining the library’s policy decisions. Legal and financial ramifications are included in this consideration. Recommends careful examination of goals and objectives in setting into place either procedure.



Martin, M. (1996), "Interlibrary loan and document delivery: costs and fees", The Bottom Line, Vol. 9 No. 4, pp. 27-31.

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Copyright © 1996, MCB UP Limited

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