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Better to give than receive: RU Libraries loan more than borrow in Sept.

Interlibrary loan staff members (left to right) Glenn Sandberg, Mary Belasco, and Lilly Miller demonstrate the giving spirit that helped make the Rutgers University Libraries a net lender.

The Rutgers University Libraries have the books, journal articles, dissertations, and other resources that library users need to get their work done. A growing number of users of our library materials may never set foot on a Rutgers campus.

The Rutgers University Libraries' Interlibrary Loan service was a net lender to other libraries in the United States and overseas in September, sending out 3,101 items while borrowing 2,576 items. These statistics, representing activity in a busy month at the start of an academic year, demonstrate the value of Rutgers' resources outside the confines of our campuses.

The Rutgers University Libraries participate in a number of consortia to support interlibrary loan services at the university. Current partners include the Research Libraries Group (RLG), Online Computer Library Center (OCLC), the Virtual Academic Library Network (VALE), the New Jersey Library Network, the Eastern New Jersey Regional Library Cooperative (INFOLINK), the South Jersey Regional Library Cooperative (SJRLC), the Metropolitan New York Library Council (METRO), the Pennsylvania Academic Library Consortia, Inc. (PALCI), the International Federation of Library Associations and Institutions (IFLA), and the Center for Research Libraries (CRL).

The Libraries are committed to building collections that support research and learning by students, staff, and faculty at Rutgers. We are proud to see that the same collections are valued at other institutions as well.

Posted November 8, 2005