Oh the possibilities: Ebook lending and interlibrary loan

Ryan Litsey, Kenny Ketner

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Purpose: The purpose of this paper is to review the impact on interlibrary loans presented by electronic books, and to provide a starting point for discussion. Design/methodology/approach: The authors review the advantages and challenges to interlibrary loans presented by electronic books and recommend a course of action for the academic library community. Findings: The model of providing content in electronic book format threatens one of the oldest traditions in libraries: the tradition of sharing. Now libraries must take it upon themselves to create technologies that support their tradition of sharing while accounting for the uniqueness of ebooks. Originality/value: This paper aims to initiate a discussion and brainstorming process within libraries which can honor the tradition of interlibrary loans by applying it to electronic books.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)120-121
Number of pages2
JournalInterlending and Document Supply
Issue number4
StatePublished - 2013


  • Ebooks
  • Interlibrary loan
  • New technology
  • Policies
  • Resource sharing


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