I am very frustrated when I need a book and discover that I can’t get it because it has been lent out through MeL or some other interlibrary loan organization. It seems to me that Wayne library books ought to be for Wayne students.
One of the ways libraries extend their library collections is through resource sharing agreements like the Michigan Electronic Library (MeL) and other interlibrary loan services. These agreements allow our students and faculty to borrow materials we do not physically own from other institutions, and allows their students and faculty to do so from us. One of the consequences of such agreements is that sometimes items we own are not immediately available to our own patrons.
If we didn’t have such agreements, students and faculty would have to travel to other universities to read books we do not own and, in many cases, might be unable to obtain the materials they desire. The benefits from expanding our collection through interlibrary loan far out way the inconvenience of items being briefly unavailable.
The loan periods for interlibrary loan, by the way, are approximately the same as those for an undergraduate borrower and holds can be placed upon such books so they are held for a specific patron when they are returned.