Inter-Lending and Document Supply (ILDS)

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


There is a rota to determine the order in which to approach networks to satisy ILDS requests.  This is to ensure a fair distribution of requests between regions.  


EDEN may be approached for journal article and book ILDS requests

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

  1. EDEN
  3. SWIMS
  4. LENDS
  5. MIDS
  6. KSS (SENDS)

Check availability: East of England NHS Libraries

Libraries unable to supply articles: CM

Libraries unable to supply books: CM

For INC scheme members, see the list of EDEN libraries on HLISD.  For EDEN network members see the full list of member libraries.

EDEN network lead: Beverley Walsh


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 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 list the other networks in the INC scheme – please only list the collaborative networks of which you are a member.

Other sources

These are sources for which you need to pay to obtain articles, books or chapters:

  • NULJ (National Union List for Journals) - annual subscription
  • PLCS (Psychiatric Libraries Cooperative Scheme) - annual subscription
  • BMA Library - cost per request
  • British Library On Demand - cost/request
  • British Library ArtWeb - allows you to submit speculative requests for items that you cannot find on British Library On Demand

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 review 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. 

National e-journal document sourcing tool 

HEE is implementing a tool to aid the sourcing of e-journal articles from other NHS libraries.

It will be a single database of e-journal holdings held in all NHS libraries in England. Library staff will be able to search by DOI for e-journal articles. The tool will flag if the library subscribes, whether locally or nationally.  If not, it will display a potential supplying library. It can also send a request email to the potential supplying library.

The database will be based on the e-journal data in the NHS Knowledge and Library Hub. The tool randomises the selection of potential libraries so the supplying library may be anywhere in England.

The database will not include print journal holdings, nor the holdings of libraries which do not have an instance of the NHS Knowledge Hub. It will include open access journals.

The tool uses LibKey technology and is being created for us by Third Iron, based on a specification developed with input from library staff and informed by consultation with SINC members. Development work has started and library staff will be invited to be involved in testing. We will provide more news in due course.


Page last reviewed: 17 October 2022