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CARL Libraries – a Canadian resource-sharing experience

C J de Jong (University of Alberta, Edmonton, Canada)
Linda J Frederiksen (Washington State University, Vancouver, Canada)

Interlending & Document Supply

ISSN: 0264-1615

Article publication date: 16 February 2015




This study aims to map the current resource-sharing environment in Canada through the lens of its research libraries in general and the University of Alberta in particular. The findings present an interesting view of changing resource sharing patterns and trends.


Interlibrary loan (ILL) transaction data were compiled from annual data reported to the Canadian Association of Research Libraries (CARL) and a case study of the University of Alberta is presented.


The current trend shows declines in both borrowing and lending transactions.

Research limitations/implications

Validity of the CARL ILL transactional data is subject to consistency in institutional reporting and accuracy of the data. The trends portrayed in the data are deemed realistic of the Canadian experience.


This is an original study of CARL ILL transactional data, providing an aggregated view of 13 years of annual data, and an analysis of this data. It updates previous research and benchmarks current ILL patterns at CARL institutions.



de Jong, C.J. and Frederiksen, L.J. (2015), "CARL Libraries – a Canadian resource-sharing experience", Interlending & Document Supply, Vol. 43 No. 1, pp. 22-33.



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