RAPID delivery of articles from other libraries

Posted July 24th, 2006 by Heather Denny

MIT is now using RAPID ILL to borrow and lend journal articles—dramatically reducing the time it takes to get articles not owned by the MIT Libraries. Articles requested through ILB (Interlibrary Borrowing) are sent electronically, and delivered to your ILLiad account as soon as they arrive— often within a few hours of making a request.

MIT is participating in RAPID ILL as a member of the Boston Library Consortium , which includes Boston University, Boston College, Brandeis University, Brown University, Williams College, and others. MIT will also be able to obtain articles quickly from a group of ARL (Association of Research Libraries) institutions, including Cornell University, Columbia University, New York University, University of Pennsylvania, University of Michigan, and others.

Most article requests will be routed through RAPID whenever possible, as part of the ILLiad request process. The only change you’ll notice in requesting ILB materials is that many of the materials will arrive faster.

Articles delivered through RAPID ILL, like all other Interlibrary Borrowing services, are free to members of the MIT community. See Interlibrary Borrowing (http://libraries.mit.edu/ilb) for more information.