From Yale Daily News:
As of last month, Connecticut libraries no longer have to pay to borrow books from the University’s collection.
Utilized around the world, the Interlibrary Loan service allows libraries to borrow materials from each other. While Yale has offered this service in the past in conjunction with other libraries in Connecticut, the University previously charged a fee for materials that were lent out. However, following a pilot program last summer during which Yale began offering free interlibrary lending, the University library system made the change permanent at the end of February. University Librarian Susan Gibbons said the change has allowed Yale to better serve the broader community without taking on any substantial financial burden.
Prior to the transition, Yale was the only school in the Ivy League that did not offer book-loaning services for free to other libraries.
[Associate Director for Resource Sharing and Reserves Tom] Bruno said the number of exchanges made during the pilot program was 150 percent higher than the amount during the entire previous year. He added that the total number of books lent out during the pilot program was roughly 600.
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