An Examination of Lending Fees at 30 Academic Libraries in the Southeast

William Walsh, Felicity Walsh
2009 Journal of Interlibrary Loan, Document Delivery & Information Supply  
Current fiscal shortfalls are projected to bring deep and long lasting budget cuts to libraries. With every budget dollar under close scrutiny, the urgency of filling patron information needs efficiently and costeffectively increases. Interlibrary loan plays an important role in filling in gaps in library collections, yet as significant budget cuts are made at libraries of all sizes, materials will be available from fewer and fewer lenders. Libraries unable to find items from those with whom
more » ... y have reciprocal arrangements will be will be forced to use lenders who charge. This article examines fees associated with interlibrary lending in 30 academic libraries in the southeast from 1995 and 2008. It has been more than two decades since Cline (1987) declared "free interlibrary loan...a thing of the past" and bemoaned that "ILL fees are out of control" (p. 80). Her study, which examined lending charges and photocopying fees at sixteen large U.S. universities, found that by 1984, the average fee levied to borrow a book or procure a
doi:10.1080/10723030903017137 fatcat:odviltrsafgxfeddrlk3ayr6x4