ILL delivery van of contractor Optima
ILL delivery van of contractor Optima

The Massachusetts Library System and the Rhode Island Office of Library and Information Services (OLIS) has concluded a pilot program to study the cost savings benefits and feasibility of expanding physical delivery to facilitate interstate borrowing. After nine months, it has been determined to be a success, providing more service to academic libraries and reducing some financial burdens on participating libraries.

Even as delivery is facing reductions and funding issues, the MLS Executive Board has recognized the value and the utility to member libraries who may otherwise be underserved. For the full report, please see the January Member Update.