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Loans to Libraries Outside the U.S.

The Library of Congress serves as a primary source for material published in the United States and secondarily for items published outside the US and not available from the country of origin. LC's policies generally follow the procedures set out in the IFLA document, International Lending and Document Delivery.

For requests submitted from outside the U.S. via OCLC, you must include the correct charge in the max cost field. For loans, you should put $24 IFM; for photocopies, you should put $16 IFM. Requests submitted without the correct charges will not be processed.

Although the CALM Division mainly accepts requests from libraries outside the United States that are participating members of either the OCLC or SHARES bibliographic network, the Division also accepts requests from any library that has registered with the Library of Congress' ILLiad Interlibrary Loan service by submitting a form at this site. In addition, CALM Division will also accept requests from foreign libraries via email, using our new IFLA-only email address, but will not ship until the appropriate vouchers are received under separate cover. Requests submitted via surface mail (but not fax) are still accepted, as well, if the request includes the correct number of IFLA vouchers. Book loans require 3 vouchers (valued at US $24) and article photocopies require 2 vouchers (valued at US $16). For more information about vouchers, please view the web page for the IFLA Voucher Scheme.

The Library of Congress OCLC symbol for interlibrary loans is DLC. If you are an OCLC or SHARES participating library outside the US, please refer to your network contact for further instructions.

Vouchers, and surface mail requests, should be sent to:

Library of Congress
CALM Division
101 Independence Avenue S.E.
Washington, DC 20540-4670

For more detail on loan policies, see: Circulation Policies .


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