Thursday, July 25, 2019

Interlibrary Loan – The Tricks of the Trade

From Dustin Larmore, Interlibrary Loan/Cataloging Librarian

Interlibrary loan is a wonderful service to obtain an item that your library doesn’t own. However, interlibrary loan is not intended for all items. Libraries should not look to ILL to replace their collection budgets. Each library should strive to obtain new items that patrons want. For this reason, when facilitating other libraries’ requests, the state library will generally not request items published within the last six months. We are always glad to lend items that the state library itself holds.

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On a related note, South Dakota Share-It, which libraries use to request other libraries’ materials, is not just an ILL system. It is a discovery system with all sorts of titles, including ones that cannot be requested via interlibrary loan. Therefore, you might find non-circulating items in Share-It. In such a case, you would need to tell your patron to visit the owning library, or you might be able to have the owning library copy certain pages.

Please contact Dustin Larmore ( or Brenda Hemmelman ( for any questions or concerns about the interlibrary loan process. We are always glad to help.

Happy searching!