Gustavus relies on the generosity of other libraries to sustain faculty and student research through Interlibrary Loan. Likewise, we share our collection with those same libraries for their faculty and student research. We participate in a regional sharing network to meet most of those needs, but we also borrow and lend nationwide.
What kinds of unique materials do we provide on a national level? Still in first place as the book we lend the most, The Redeemer by Jo Nesbø has circulated to seven different libraries in six different states since last January. It's been to Florida, Iowa, Michigan, Missouri, Texas and Arizona.
When it comes to journals, the title we copy and supply articles from most often is Food, Culture and Society (ISSN 1552-8014). We provided copies to nineteen different states in the last year alone!
Since January 2011, Gustavus materials were used in 47 of the 50 states across the nation. Only Delaware, Hawaii and Vermont were not recipients of our materials. To think of it another way, you have access to nearly every library in the nation because we share our materials!
As always, if you have a question about how Interlibrary Loan can assist your research (or help you get your hands on that book you've been dying to read), contact us!