DUBLIN, Ohio, July 8, 1994--The Environmental Protection Agency Headquarters Library in Washington, D.C., logged the 52 millionth OCLC interlibrary loan request at 11:13 a.m. June 24.
The request was for the book, "Reengineering the Corporation: A Manifesto for Business Revolution," by Michael Hammer.
The 52 millionth ILL request was made 60 days after the 51 millionth was logged by Southwestern University, in Georgetown, Texas.
Just four days later, another OCLC milestone was reached. On June 28, the Baker Memorial Library of Dartmouth College in Hanover, N.H., logged the 7 millionth ILL request of the year. It was the first time 7 million OCLC ILL requests were made in the same fiscal year. It came with just two days to spare as the fiscal year was coming to a close June 30.
"It took us two years to reach the first millionth interlibrary loan," said Tony Melvyn, OCLC senior product support specialist. "Now we're seeing more than a million every two months. I think that shows just how valuable and popular OCLC interlibrary loan is to users."
The EPA Headquarters Library is open to the public but most patrons are EPA staff members. "Our interlibrary loan service is for EPA personnel only," said Xian Li, contract technical services librarian at the EPA Headquarters Library. "Our EPA staff uses interlibrary loan most often for research."
The library receives some 350 to 400 lending requests each month and initiates about 250 borrowing requests. Many of the 28 EPA libraries around the country borrow materials from one another.
Ms. Li said she did not know she had initiated the 52 millionth ILL request. "I really wasn't aware that we were even approaching the 52 millionth ILL."
The Environmental Protection Agency Headquarters Library is a member of the FEDLINK network.
OCLC is a nonprofit computer library service and research organization whose computer network and services link more than 18,000 libraries in 52 countries and territories.
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