Projects and current initiatives

Following is a list of international, national and regional projects and initiatives related to interlibrary loan, document delivery or resource sharing.

CAVAL Inter-library Consortia (Australia)

  • CAVAL is an Australian not-for-profit company established to provide library services to libraries in Australia, New Zealand, and Asia.

Collaborative Initiative for French and North American Libraries

  • Founded in 2006 to promote and facilitate the cooperative exchange of ideas and resources between Francophone and North American research libraries

Digital South Asia Library

  • Provides digital materials for reference and research on South Asia to scholars, public officials, business leaders, and other users

German-North American Resources Partnership

  • Supports the acquisition, sharing, and use of German-language materials among North American libraries, and the fostering of closer collaboration with German research libraries

GIF Project

  • The goal of the GIF (Global ILL Framework) Project is to expand access to research materials by creating a seamless workflow between the ILL software used in North America and Japan.

IDS Project (New York, U.S.)

  • The IDS (Information Delivery Services) Project is a mutually supportive resource-sharing cooperative within New York State whose members include public and private academic libraries, the New York Public Library, and the New York State Library.

IFLA Voucher Scheme

  • The Voucher Scheme makes it easy for you to pay for your international interlibrary requests, by using a voucher instead of money.

IFLA Vouchers available for purchase from OCLC

  • Describes how member libraries can pay for IFLA vouchers through their monthly OCLC billing or via Interlibrary Loan Fee Management (IFM)

Latin Americanist Research Resources Project

  • A consortium of research libraries that seeks to increase free and open access to information in support of learning and scholarship in Latin American Studies

Libraries Australia Document Delivery

  • Libraries Australia Document Delivery (LADD) is Australia’s largest interlibrary loan and document delivery service.

National Network of Medical Libraries FreeShare program

  • A cross-regional DOCLINE Library Group whose members agree to fill DOCLINE requests for affiliated users free of charge on a reciprocal basis

North American Coordinating Council on Japanese Library Resources

  • A clearinghouse for Japanese information resources and an umbrella for services freely available to all users

OCLC Global Sharing Program

  • OCLC created its own GAC, the Global Sharing Program, to foster international resource sharing initiatives

Occam’s Reader

  • A collaboration between Texas Tech University, the University of Hawaii at Manoa and the Greater Western Library Alliance that allows interlibrary loan of electronic books. Texas Tech University Libraries developed and hosts the current 2.0 version of Occam’s Reader.

Rethinking Resource Sharing

  • The initiative is an ad hoc group that advocates for a complete rethink of the way libraries conduct resource sharing in the context of the global internet revolution and all of the developments that have arisen from that.

SPARC – Scholarly Publishing and Academic Resources Coalition

  • SPARC┬«, the Scholarly Publishing and Academic Resources Coalition, is an international alliance of academic and research libraries working to correct imbalances in the scholarly publishing system.

Union List of Japanese Serials and Newspapers

  • The goal is to include all the Japanese serials and newspapers held by North American libraries.

United States Newspaper Program

  • A cooperative national effort among the states and the federal government to locate, catalog, and preserve on microfilm newspapers published in the United States from the eighteenth century to the present


  • A web-based resource sharing and interlibrary loan service

Zetoc: Electronic Table of Contents (UK)

  • A comprehensive research database, giving you access to over 28,000 journals and more than 50 million article citations and conference papers through the British Library’s electronic table of contents. The service is free for members of JISC-sponsored UK higher and further education institutions and research councils.