(8 January 2015, Dublin, Ohio) OCLC and the British Library now offer a new option for fast, flexible purchase from the British Library Document Supply Service that enables library staff to confirm the availability of required documents before placing an order, and provides a wide range of choices for delivery and price.
Rather than sending OCLC WorldShare Interlibrary Loan requests without knowing whether the British Library can supply the required items, the new option makes clear whether an item is held in advance of ordering – and also whether a digital delivery option is available that will reduce delivery times to as little as several minutes.
The new purchase option also simplifies library procedures related to copyright compliance and document fee payments. All document fees include copyright payments, so purchasing libraries do not need to take additional steps to ensure copyright compliance. In addition, libraries may continue to use OCLC’s Interlibrary Loan Fee Management (IFM) service to pay for their purchases. IFM reconciles resource sharing charges and payments through a library’s monthly OCLC invoice to eliminate invoices and check writing for individual transactions.
Libraries with existing British Library accounts will continue to receive the differential pricing that accompanies their accounts.
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