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Resource Sharing

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What are the benefits of cooperative resource-sharing? For library patrons, resource sharing...

  • opens up the world of library collections to library patrons who can then request whatever they want or need.
  • saves libraries money by reducing the need to purchase materials – libraries share them with each other instead.
  • saves libraries technical staff time because the work is done centrally – freeing library staff to do the important work of direct service to patrons – and saves on costs because the products are purchased for a large group.
  • saves libraries’ cataloging and processing time by eliminating the need for duplicate records for each library location.
  • relies on delivery of materials between libraries – a service that is provided by library systems.
  • creates connections between libraries that can lead to innovative services and new features

There are a number of ways patrons from IHLS libraries can take advantage of resource sharing.

Choose a topic to learn more.