In inter-library loan, libraries often collaborate with one another to create networks with shared lending agreements. This page highlights just a few of the many ILL networks that exist within New York.
There are currently (as of 2022) 179 members participating in the SEAL resource sharing system. SEAL members include public, academic, school, and special libraries from across the Southeastern region. All regional libraries are eligible to join. SEAL members commit to sharing materials at no cost to borrowing libraries.
Connect-NY is a consortium of several academic libraries in New York State. They share collections, including a large e-book collection, and commit to lending items to one another. ConnectNY libraries have a shared platform (through ReShare) where patrons can easily place holds for items, similarly to public system holds.
DOCLINE has many local and national lending groups that can be added to routing tables. When added to a routing table, requests will automatically cycle through group members who have the requested journal or book.
SENYLRC: Southeastern NY Library Resources Council region
HILOWPLUS: Health information libraries of Westchester & surrounding counties
New York / General:
CDLC: Capital District Library Resources Council region
CLRC: Central Library Resources Council region
LILRC: Long Island Library Resources Council region
METRO: Metropolitan Library Resources Council region
SCLRC: South Central Library Resources Council region
RRLC: Rochester Regional Library Council region
WNYLRC: Western New York Library Resources Council region
FREESHARE: a cross-regional group of reciprocal borrowers in DOCLINE. Members agree to exchange materials at no cost.
The IDS Project, based out of SUNY Geneseo, is a resource sharing cooperative with 120 members (as of 2021), many of whom are based in New York. Members commit to share their materials via ILL at no cost. IDS has a strong community structure and focuses on developing and sharing innovative resource sharing strategies, particularly related to ILLiad.
There are 64 SUNY campuses across N.Y. (seven of which are located within the Southeastern region.) SUNY libraries have a consortial catalog that allows materials to be easily shared via system holds. Those with SUNY ID's can also use resources at other SUNY schools.
There are many OCLC resource sharing networks (known as GACs) specific to the Southeastern region, and New York more generally. From OCLC: "Through WorldShare ILL, GAC group members have access to each other's bibliographic, location and summary holdings records." When placing ILL requests, you can also limit potential lending libraries by group by typing their symbol into the "profiled groups" option.
You can search specific GAC members by symbol in the OCLC policies directory.
SYGC: Contains libraries located in the Southeastern NY region. (Contains approx 41 libraries.)
New York / General:
IDSZ: IDS Project members
RMET: Metro Region GAC
RRGC: Capital District Library Council
CNYG: Central New York
NRFG: Northern New York Library Network
GNYS : Statewide New York GAC. (Contains approximately 481 libraries.)
LVIS (Libraries Very Interested In Sharing): a national OCLC network whose members commit to sharing monographs and articles up to 30 pages at no charge for other LVIS participants.
A full list of groups is available on OCLC's website.