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Inter-lending and Document Supply

The Inter-Network Collaboration (INC) scheme is a reciprocal inter-library loan and document supply scheme for NHS libraries in England.

Overview

There is a rota to determine the order in which to approach networks to satisy ILDS requests.  

This is to ensure one specific region isn't overwhelmed with requests.   

Network

Use the network links for each network's rota, their catalogue and for more information. 

Alternatively the the INC rota is available as a chart.

If you cannot source the article you are seeking within any of the networks, and your user is likely to need to share the copy with others, consider obtaining a Copyright Fee Paid (CFP) copy.

See copyright for more information.

Important information about using the scheme:

  1. Use the good practice guidelines, and any regional or local protocols for supplementary information.  See the summary/training aid.
  2. State your network and network code clearly when requesting from another network.
  3. Check whether a potential supplying library has last resort status (see last column in the grid above) and apply elsewhere if possible.
  4. Treat LENDS and MIDS as separate networks. Other networks should ignore the ‘Request publication’ option on the Lawmunion catalogue.
  5. In your library record on HLISD please do not select the other networks in the INC scheme – please only list the collaborative networks of which you are a member.
Librarian standing in a library carrying two books
A KLS member of staff ready to process an inter-library loan request

EDEN (East of England)

EDEN may be approached for journal article and book ILDS requests

The order in which EDEN libraries approach other INC networks is:

  1. EDEN
  2. PANDDA
  3. SWIMS
  4. LENDS
  5. MIDS
  6. SENDS

Vist the ELMS catalogue to check availability

Libraries unable to supply print articles: ARH, CM

Libraries unable to supply books: ARH, CM

For a list of EDEN libraries on HLISD

EDEN network lead: Beverley Walsh

LENDS (London) 

LENDS may be approached for journal article and book ILDS requests

The order in which LENDS libraries approach other INC networks is:

  1. LENDS
  2. MIDS
  3. SENDS
  4. EDEN
  5. SWIMS
  6. PANDDA

Visit LAWMUNION to check availability

Codes: Red = Do Not Use.  Pink = Electronic journals only.

Libraries unable to supply print articles: None

Libraries unable to supply books: GEO, NPH

For a list of LENDS libraries see HLISD or LAWMUNION

LENDS network lead: Hélène Gorring

MIDS (Midlands)

MIDS may be approached for journal article ILDS requests

The order in which MIDS libraries approach other INC networks is:

  1. MIDS
  2. LENDS
  3. EDEN
  4. PANDDA
  5. SENDS
  6. SWIMS

Visit LAWMUNION to check availability

Codes: Red = Do Not Use.  Pink = Electronic journals only.

Libraries unable to supply print articles: None

Libraries unable to supply books: n/a

For a list of MIDS libraries see HLISD or LAWMUNION

MIDS network lead: Richard Bridgen

PANDDA (North)

PANDDA may be approached for journal article and book ILDS requests.

The order in which PANDDA libraries approach other INC networks is:

  1. PANDDA
  2. EDEN
  3. SWIMS
  4. SENDS
  5. MIDS
  6. LENDS

Visit Holdings to check availability for journals or OPAC Links for the North for books

Libraries unable to supply print articles:

  • Arthritis Research UK
  • Liverpool Medical Institution
  • North Wales Library Service (Bangor)
  • The Brain Charity
  • University of Chester (All sites)

Libraries unable to supply books

List of PANDDA libraries on HLISD

PANDDA network lead: Sue Steele

SENDS (Kent, Surrey and Sussex)

SENDS may be approached for journal article ILDS requests.

The order in which SENDS libraries approach other INC networks is:

  1. SENDS
  2. SWIMS
  3. MIDS
  4. LENDS
  5. PANDDA
  6. EDEN

Visit SouthEastLibrarySearch to check availability

Libraries unable to supply print articles: KMSHA, SBUF

Libraries unable to supply books: KMSHA

For a list of SENDS libraries on HLISD

SENDS network lead: Julie Stoppani

SWIMS (South)

SWIMS may be approached for journal article ILDS requests.

The order in which LENDS libraries approach other INC networks is:

  1. SWIMS
  2. SENDS
  3. PANDDA
  4. EDEN
  5. MIDS
  6. LENDS

Visit the SWIMS catalogue to check availability

Libraries unable to supply print articles

Libraries unable to supply books

For a list of SWIMS libraries on HLISD

SWIMS network lead: Jenny Toller

Shelf of books
Image of a shelf of books in a library

Strategic Inter-Network Collaboration Group (SINC)

SINC manages the reciprocal inter-library loan and document supply scheme (INC) for NHS libraries in England.

What next for ILDS?

In 2020, HEE commissioned Ken Chad Consulting for a market reviwew and options appraisal for KLS resource sharing in the NHS in England.

See Ken's final report: NHS library resource sharing: market review and options appraisal.  It was published in June 2021. 

Page last reviewed: 15 June 2021