The elimination of interlibrary loans at Library and Archives Canada has sparked some concern not enough material will be be digitized in time for the change to digital records.
The move was part of federal cuts detailed in the 2012 budget. Officials also said it keeps the library technologically up to date since demand for service has dropped 75 per cent in the last 12 years.
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Interlibrary Loan (ILL) services at Library and Archives Canada (LAC) will end in December 2012. Users of LAC‘s current services should note the following dates:
- November 13, 2012: End of loan requests from international libraries.
- November 16, 2012: End of renewals. All items loaned after this date will be non-renewable.
- December 11, 2012: End of loan requests, location searches, and ILL-related photocopying services.