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Current fiscal shortfalls are projected to bring deep and long lasting budget cuts to libraries. With every budget dollar under close scrutiny, the urgency of filling patron information needs efficiently and costeffectively increases. Interlibrary loan plays an important role in filling in gaps in library collections, yet as significant budget cuts are made at libraries of all sizes, materials will be available from fewer and fewer lenders. Libraries unable to find items from those with whom they have reciprocal arrangements will be will be forced to use lenders who charge. This article examines fees associated with interlibrary lending in 30 academic libraries in the southeast from 1995 and 2008.


Originally published in the Journal of Interlibrary Loan, Document Delivery & Electronic Reserve. 19(3): 2009. 195-204. Available online at DOI: 10.1080/10723030903017137