Interlibrary Loan Code for the United States with Explanatory Text

For Immediate Release
Wed, 08/09/2023


Ninah Moore

Program Officer-Continuing Education


CHICAGO- The newly revised Interlibrary Loan Code for the United States with Explanatory Text (2023) has been approved by the ALA Reference and User Services Association Board of Directors and is now in effect.

 Anyone in the United States who handles interlibrary loan requests or supervises resource sharing operations should read and familiarize themselves with the new Interlibrary Loan Code with Explanatory Text. To facilitate your careful reading, you may also wish to consult the Summary of Major Changes which highlights areas of substantial change.

The ALA RUSA STARS Codes, Guidelines, and Technical Standards Committee wishes to thank everyone in the U.S. interlibrary loan community who reviewed prior versions of the documents and provided our committee with feedback during the Fall 2021, Fall 2022, and Spring 2023 public comment periods. The principles found within the newly revised documents belong to all of us and recognize that the sharing of material between libraries is a core library service to be encouraged and is in the public interest.

The Reference and User Services Association (RUSA), a division of the American Library Association, represents librarians and library staff in the fields of reference, specialized reference, collection development, readers’ advisory and resource sharing. RUSA is the foremost organization of reference and information professionals who make the connections between people and the information sources, services, and collection materials they need. Learn more at