May 26, 2022

Boston Public Library Leads Once Again in Digital Lending

The latest entry in the Controlled Digital Lending series from the Internet Archive.

From an Internet Archive Blog Post:

“Libraries that are thriving the most are the ones that are reinventing themselves, responding to new demand and new modes of access, simultaneously keeping one foot in traditional services and engaging with the public in new ways,” said [Boston Public Library President David] Leonard “and that goes for our physical spaces and for our collections.”

BPL has long been a leader in the digitization and scanning of materials and was the first library to partner with the Internet Archive to pilot access via Controlled Digital Lending (CDL) services in 2011. CDL is the online or digital equivalent of traditional library lending – ‘one copy owned, one copy lent’.

Learn More, Read the Complete Blog Post

See Also: MIT Press Embraces New Access Models to Fulfill Mission

See Also: Internet Archive Introduces a New Blog Series on “Helping Libraries Transform their Physical Collections”


Libraries and Library Organizations Sign-On to “Controlled Digital Lending of Library Books” Position Statement


“A White Paper on Controlled Digital Lending of Library Books” & “Position Statement on Controlled Digital Lending” (September 28, 2018)

Will ‘Controlled Digital Lending’ Spark the Next Big Copyright Lawsuit? (by Andrew Albanese, PW)

The Implications of the ReDigi Decision for Libraries (by Jonathan Band, via ARL Policy Briefs)

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