Bringing the national interlending system into the local document supply process – a Swedish case study

Ylva Gavel (University Library, Karolinska Institutet, Solna, Sweden.)

Interlending & Document Supply

ISSN: 0264-1615

Publication date: 18 May 2015



The purpose of this paper is to describe how systems automating the local document supply process (such as integrated library systems and ILL management systems) can be integrated with systems automating regional document requesting (interlending). This is illustrated with a case study of DocFlow, an ILL management system developed in-house at Karolinska Institutet and its integration with Libris, the national interlending system in Sweden.


The present paper describes how system integration between Libris and DocFlow was accomplished in practice. It also discusses various aspects of integration between systems offering automation of document supply.


Integration between local document supply workflows and regional document request flows may involve techniques such as import of outgoing and incoming interlending requests, synchronization of status values between systems, exchange of messages between systems and quick links to the native interfaces of external systems.

Practical implications

The paper brings up various aspects to consider when developing or procuring a system for the local management of ILL workflows.


The paper may provide a deeper understanding of system integration, as it applies to the document supply process.



Gavel, Y. (2015), "Bringing the national interlending system into the local document supply process – a Swedish case study", Interlending & Document Supply, Vol. 43 No. 2, pp. 104-109.

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