Inter-library loans are returning

Published on 01 May 2023

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Great news! Inter-library loans are returning 

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We know inter-library loans are valued by our members and we have been working hard to find a solution since this service was suspended. The peak body, Public Libraries Victoria, has been considering how to balance the rising costs of logistics, courier and other operational services with retaining access for members to the wide network of items we collectively hold.  

Corangamite Moyne Library Service is proud to confirm we will recommence inter-library loans on 1 May 2023.  

Some changes apply: 

  • In order to reduce environmental and logistical costs, deliveries will now occur weekly. Consolidating materials and moving them more efficiently allows us to continue offering the widest range of resources for our members. This may lead to a slightly longer wait, but ensures we are able to keep the service free.
  • A limit of 20 holds per user will apply at any one time. We understand this service is invaluable for many members and to ensure we can keep offering this option we must ensure it is used appropriately. Moving books involves carbon miles and costs for the borrowing library. It’s up to all of us to ensure we responsibly use this service.
  • New release titles may not be available via inter-library loans. If Corangamite Moyne Library Service does not have a new release title in our local collection, please consider using our purchase request service instead. 


What are the factors that have led to these changes to the inter-library loan program? 

It is an unfortunate reality that increasing costs have impacted many aspects of our service, whether sharing items among our library network or providing inter-library loans; both are resource-heavy. 

Victorian public libraries have worked together to identify ways to reduce the costs of delivering inter-library loans. We have streamlined services, identified the most cost-effective methods of moving items across the state, and considered the most equitable ways to ensure all libraries receive value for money. 

Weighing the needs of you, our members, and our responsibility to provide the best value service to our community, it is our belief that a restructured program is preferable to the permanent suspension of this valuable service.  

Make an inter-library loan 

If you would like to make an inter-library loan speak with a library staff member in your local branch. 

How you can help

  • Please collect your inter-library loans when ordered, or cancel if they are no longer required. Uncollected items account for more than 10% of our costs.
  • Please return items to the library you borrowed them from where possible as this will also help reduce transportation costs.
  • If you have multiple library memberships, check what conditions apply as they may vary from library to library. 
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