This book, first published in 1937, examines the principles and practicalities of inter-library loans of books – making available to readers elsewhere otherwise idle books. Initially done on an ad-hoc basis, modern ideas and developments have led to a modern generation of librarians whose first aim is to see that their readers get the books they need.
Table of Contents
1. The Need for an Organized System of Library Co-operation 2. The Foundation and Development of Library Co-operation in the British Isles 3. The National Central Library: Its Origin and Development 4. The National Central Library and Its Place in the National System 5. The Outlier Libraries, and the Scottish and the Irish Central Libraries for Students 6. The Regional Library Systems 7. The University Libraries Inter-Lending System 8. International Library Loans 9. Union Catalogues 10. How It All Works 11. Possible Future Developments