Interlibrary loan

As in any cooperative venture, the success of MALA’s interlibrary loan courier delivery service is highly dependent on the goodwill and cooperative spirit of the participants.

For this reason, it is most important that members do not impose unnecessarily on the staff time of other members. Such imposition can be eliminated by the prompt return of borrowed materials, the maintenance of accurate records of each library’s own transactions, and careful attention to the accuracy of requests submitted.

Policy statements, procedures, lists and directions necessary to participate in MALA’s interlibrary loan and courier delivery program are contained in the MALA ILL & Courier Manual.

Reciprocal Borrowing

The Mid-America Library Alliance supports and encourages reciprocal borrowing from all of our members. The collaboration and sharing of MALA members has created a strong library foundation. All libraries joining MALA are expected to provide reciprocal borrowing for all other MALA members. A library may “opt out” of reciprocal borrowing. If a library chooses to “opt out,” libraries in MALA are not expected to loan to this library at no charge.

ALA Interlibrary Loan Code for the United States