Our normal loan period is 3-days for all borrowers. For ILL, it's
3-weeks, but we enter as 1 month in the booking module in case it's
returned a little late. If there is a booking reserve within the next
month, it doesn't go out on ILL. We are net borrowers, with our patrons
usually borrowing twice as many titles as we have lent out, in spite of
their having access to about 5,000 titles.
For those who mentioned high cost as a reason to not lend -- ILL
protocol is that the borrowing library pays in case of loss or damage.
(And if you think about it that way, you should actually be more
concerned about the cost of what your patrons are borrowing through ILL
than what you are lending out.)
Media Services Librarian
Minnesota State University-Mankato
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