Resource Sharing Agreement

To improve Interlibrary Loan services and to promote common standards, the participating AAAL members (as listed in Appendix A) agree to extend reciprocal interlibrary loan and document delivery privileges according to the terms outlined in this document. This agreement does not preclude AAAL members from entering into other agreements with one another. Also, as a basic principle, participating members agree to exhaust local resource sharing opportunities before borrowing from each other. This agreement was effective for a one-year pilot period from April 1, 2013 to March 31, 2014 and continued for one additional year from April 1, 2014 to March 31, 2015. It was reviewed by the AAAL membership at its Spring 2015 meeting and the membership decided to make the agreement ongoing.

Resource Sharing Details

1. Cost

No charge for returnables. No charge for articles. Charges may be applied for expedited delivery.

2. Turnaround Time of the Request

Libraries have up to four (4) business days to process requests. This does not include shipping transit time. It is understood that during peak periods this may not be possible at some libraries.

 3. Requesting Methods

Libraries must follow the established protocol of the owning library.

4. Delivery Methods

a) Returnables

Canada Post – Library Rate is preferred (return postage included) or other delivery services where already established (e.g. within NEOS members). Lending libraries may choose to use an alternative method (Xpress Post, Courier, etc.) and pay for delivery only. The borrowing library would pay for the return delivery but is under no obligation to use the same delivery method except when the lender requires it as a borrowing condition.

Microforms: First class mail. Lender pays one way, borrower the other.

b) Non-Returnables

Electronic delivery

5. Loan Periods

2 weeks for patron, renewals allowed.

6. Materials Available for Loan

At the discretion of owning library.

Appendix A 

Participating Members on November 25, 2013

  • Alberta College of Art and Design
  • Ambrose College
  • Banff Centre
  • Bow Valley College
  • Canadian Southern Baptist Seminary and College
  • Canadian University College
  • Concordia University of Edmonton
  • Grande Prairie Regional College
  • MacEwan University
  • Keyano College
  • King’s University College
  • Lakeland College
  • Lethbridge College
  • Medicine Hat College
  • Mount Royal University
  • NAIT
  • NorQuest College
  • Northern Lakes College
  • Olds College
  • Portage College
  • Prairie Bible College
  • Red Crow College
  • Red Deer College
  • SAIT
  • St. Mary’s University College
  • University of Alberta
  • University of Calgary
  • University of Lethbridge
  • Vanguard College
  • Yellowhead Tribal College
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