Emeryville CA—The University of California, Riverside (UCR) has joined LINK+, a library consortium that provides quick access to millions of books and other materials from its participating libraries. UCR is now the largest member of LINK+, as well as the first University of California campus and member of the Association of Research Libraries (ARL) to enter into the consortium. Joining LINK+ quadruples UCR's collection size from 1.8 million to 8.1 million available records. LINK+ is powered by INN-Reach, a direct consortial borrowing solution from Innovative Interfaces, Inc. that makes items available within two days at a fraction of the cost of the traditional interlibrary loan model.
UCR's students and faculty can now make direct LINK+ requests for books and other materials within the Libraries' online catalog. "We're very pleased to join the LINK+ consortium, because collaboration and quick delivery of resources represent the wave of the future among the nation's libraries," says University Librarian Ruth M. Jackson. "We anticipate being a full borrowing and lending partner within this unique service. We also expect to assist our university and fellow member libraries in enhancing access services and reducing costs of acquiring materials."
For over 12 years, LINK+ has been a fast and cost-effective way for public and academic libraries to share books and exponentially increase the number of items available to their patrons. Thirty-seven libraries, both private and public, belong to LINK+ and are able to send and receive any of nearly 23 million items in about two days. LINK+ makes library service convenient for patrons by allowing direct requesting of items from each library's online catalog or the union database portal. Patrons made nearly 240,000 requests in 2005 alone.
About the UCR Libraries
The UCR Libraries belong to the Association of Research Libraries (ARL), which represents the largest 120 research libraries in the U.S. and Canada. It is dedicated to the provision of excellent services and ease of access for its primary clientele and the external community. Comprised of a main library and four branches, the holdings of the UCR Libraries include more than 2.3 million volumes, 106,000 maps, 297,000 government publications, more than 250 databases, 165,000 electronic books, and an extensive collection of archives and manuscripts.