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Resource sharing at the American University of Beirut: challenges and opportunities

Carla Chalhoub (Department of Access Services, Jafet Library, University Libraries, American University of Beirut, Beirut, Lebanon)

Information Discovery and Delivery

ISSN: 2398-6247

Article publication date: 15 May 2017




This study aims to determine the effectiveness of the resource sharing initiative through signing reciprocal agreements, joining consortia and subscribing to OCLC at the American University of Beirut (AUB) Libraries.


Statistical analysis of interlibrary loan transactions over the past five years was conducted.


Joining local, regional and international consortia, signing reciprocal agreements with two institutions and subscribing to OCLC Worldshare ILL have maximized access to resources by reducing the cost allocated to ILL and expanded the DDS services to allow unlimited requests to all members of the AUB community.


Academic libraries are still facing budget cuts while they are expected to deliver better services to their communities. The implication of the statistics gathered discloses a constant need for finding ways to support resource sharing and to align with the University’s mission of fostering life-long learners by supporting research and maximizing access to resources.



Chalhoub, C. (2017), "Resource sharing at the American University of Beirut: challenges and opportunities", Information Discovery and Delivery, Vol. 45 No. 2, pp. 75-78.



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