Interlibrary Loan Restart Need-to-Knows from Delivery, SHARE, Battelle/OCLC/IMLS

Published 7/1/20 4:00 PM CT

This page includes information from: IHLS Delivery  |  SHARE Consortium  |  REALM Project (Battelle Study)

IHLS Interlibrary Delivery Returns in Full Monday, July 6

Please review the IHLS Plan and Guidelines for Resuming IHLS Delivery Service as soon as possible.

This set of documents includes:


Not Ready to Restart Delivery Services?

If you are not yet ready to restart delivery services at your library, then please contact the Delivery Help Desk Ticketing System at

NEW: Pausing Delivery on the Go

IHLS Delivery is pausing Delivery On the Go through the end of July. We will reevaluate reinstating DOG then.

A Brief Reminder Regarding Item Quarantine Procedures

Our drivers are very excited for IHLS Delivery to be on the road again! As we start delivery July 6, IHLS Delivery wants to remind libraries to continue to quarantine outgoing delivery items for at least 72 hours from the last time they were handled/placed in the tub. Please also continue to place the date on which the items inside a tub were last handled inside the pocket on the outside of the tub where your library name is located. When your library receives a delivery, please follow your library’s policy regarding library items and quarantine times. If you choose to quarantine longer than the 72 hours per your own library policy, that is perfectly acceptable. A huge thank you to all libraries for helping us with these guidelines.

Questions or Concerns?

Please reach out to your IHLS Delivery hub manager.

SHARE ConsortiumSHARE: Sharing Heartland's Available Resources Equally (logo)

ILL Hold Requests

SHARE Consortium Members: SHARE will reactivate interlibrary loan requests on Wednesday, July 1, 2020. Look for an email from SHARE for details or visit the SHARE website. PLEASE NOTE: Not all libraries within SHARE have chosen to resume interlibrary loan services at this time. Therefore, there may be a few items that are still unavailable for requests by patrons.

Ready to Resume ILL Services?

If you are ready to resume interlibrary loan services you must notify SHARE by email.

Need Changes to Your Hold or Overdue Notifications?

If you need changes to your hold or overdue notifications, please email SHARE staff.

REALM ProjectREALM Project: REopening Archives, Libraries, and Museums

What is the REALM Project?

The REALM Project, which stands for REopening Archives, Libraries, and Museums, is a research study investigating how long SARS-CoV-2, more commonly known as the coronavirus, survives on materials common to libraries, archives, and museums and how these materials can best be handled to mitigate exposure to staff and visitors. tHE REALM Project is conducted through a collaboration by OCLC, the Institute of Museum and Library Services, AND Battelle research and development agency. To learn more about the Project, visit the REALM Project website.

What does the research say?

Phase 1: Research on High-Priority Materials and Workflows

Test 1 - Test 1 Results were published June 22, 2020. According to the findings, "scientists have found that the virus SARS-CoV-2 that causes COVID-19 is not detectable on five common library materials after three days." Materials tested: (1) hardback book cover (buckram cloth), (2) Softback book cover, (3) plain paper pages inside a closed book, (4) plastic book covering (biaxially oriented polyester film), and (5) a DVD case.

Test 2 - Currently in progress

Phase 2: Additional Research to Support Operations of Libraries, Archives, and Museums

Test 1 - Not started