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 by surface mail (not
fax) 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. CALM Division will now 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.
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.
Surface mail requests should be sent with the appropriate number of vouchers
Library of Congress
101 Independence Avenue S.E.
Washington, DC 20540-4670
For more detail on loan policies, see: Circulation