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Courier Codes: PDF Download of Courier Codes MS Excel Download of Courier Codes

updated July 2014

Courier Statistics Forms: PDF Download of Courier Statistics Form Microsoft Word Download of Courier Statistics Form Microsoft Excel Download of Courier Statistics Form

As part of the justification for expenditure of federal FSTA funds, all SD libraries that participate within the SD Library and Minitex Courier service are requested to submit this report monthly (July 1 to June 30 cumulation).

Interlibrary Loan

Interlibrary Loan through State Library

Patron Initiated InterLibrary Loans using Aleph

  1. Open the SDLN catalog Web Link to s d l n catalog
  2. Sign in using your library bar code and password. Choose South Dakota State Library in the drop down box. Click Log On.
  3. Once logged in, choose "All SDLN Libraries" so you can search statewide.
    • Search for title or subject
    • Option -- You can click on "Global Holdings" to see what libraries hold the item you are interested in.
  4. Click on the title to access the full record
  5. Click on the Interlibrary Loan link at the top right
  6. Choose your delivery method
  7. Choose your delivery deadline
    • In-state requests need 7 days of lead time
    • Out-of-state requests need at least 20 days of lead time
  8. Check the copyright statement agreement at the bottom
  9. Click "GO"
    • You will get a confirmation page
    • Keep a paper copy for your records

PLEASE NOTE: As more and more libraries migrate off of SDLN, you may need to search individual library catalogs and request materials through WorldCat.

Interlibrary Loan through OCLC/ WorldCat

Requesting an item from out-of-state via WorldCatWeb Link to world cat

  1. Go to the SDSL website > Online Resources > A-Z Complete listing > Click on W.
    WorldCat is at the very bottom of the page
  2. Click on the WorldCat icon
  3. Enter your SDSL barcode number and password
  4. Click on "My Account" and log in again using your SDSL barcode number and password again
    • *If this is your first time in WorldCat you will need to register
  5. Search for your item
  6. Choose the item you want, making sure it is the correct format or edition
  7. Click "Borrow this item from another library"
  8. Click "Submit"

OCLC/WorldCat ILL Request ProcedureOCLC Interlibrary Loan Processing Overview in pdf format
Updated April 2015

Reporting Interlibrary Loan Statistics

Nodes/Courier Participating Libraries PDF Download of Interlibrary Loan Statistics Form Microsoft Word Download of Interlibrary Loan Statistics Form Microsoft Excel Download of Interlibrary Loan Statistics Form

As part of the justification for expenditure of federal LSTA funds, all SD libraries that participate either as nodes within the SD Library Courier service or as nodes with direct communication to MINITEX are requested to submit this report monthly & annually (July 1 through June 30 cumulation). Forms Updated December 2011

Interlibrary Loan Statistics Form for PDF Download of Interlibrary Loan Statistics Form for Public Library Statistics
Public and School Library Annual Surveys:

In order to determine ILL patterns and trends the State Library needs more exact data. These forms are for collecting monthly data. The data will be reported on the yearly School and Public Library Survey. Form Updated March 2013

Frequently Asked Questions

How long does an ILL take?
In-state/Aleph: about 1 week.
Out-of-state/WorldCat: about 3 weeks

Where is my ILL request going?
In-state/Aleph: directly to the lending library. Out-of-state/WorldCat: through the State Library

How can I keep track of my requests?
Your accounts in Aleph or WorldCat online; but keep a paper copy also.

Who is responsible when things go wrong?
The borrowing library is responsible for all materials.

Does the State Library still lend materials?
Yes, but only items from our collection.
Are there options other than using ILL to obtain materials?
Yes! The State Library databases have many eBook titles and articles available full text. Call the SDSL for free training!
Can I request a new title?
No. As a general rule, libraries will not loan new titles. You should be purchasing these for your own collection.
If I have an overdue ILL, can I still request more ILL's?
No. The State Library will not process any new requests until overdues are returned to the lending library.
What if my patron loses an ILL book, or refuses to return it?
Your patron needs to pay for the material. If you cannot collect from your patron, then your library needs to settle the bill for the lost material. The State Library will not process new ILL requests until the matter is settled.

South Dakota's Libraries

For addresses, go to the SD Library Directory

For individual library policies (as available) review SDLN: Member Libraries ("ILL Policy" links are in the far right column). This includes individual library renewal policies.

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 An alternative way to access the Library Catalog is by logging into your ECardPlus. If you don't have a card, that's OK — just click "Guest" and you can search any SDLN Library's catalog.

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