Digital Interlibrary Loan
Small items that are too fragile to circulate on interlibrary loan were formerly
supplied through a photocopy. But photocopying often shortens the life of the
original. The Library of Congress
now scans this type of material and delivers the images via the Web. This makes
public domain items widely accessible for current and future requests and contributes
to the preservation of the original. Items protected by copyright are not scanned
in this program.
If you received a message in response to an interlibrary loan request directing
you to check this website for a digital copy of the item you requested, please
examine the list of scanned titles by clicking on the appropriate link on the
right. Scanned items in this list are linked to PDF files that can be viewed
web browser, printed, or downloaded. Should you wish more information about
the item, a link to its catalog record is also provided.
About This Project
In early 2008, the Digital Interlibrary Loan portion of the larger Library
"Scan-on-Demand" program was revised. Currently, surrogates are
still provided for items that are in the public domain and too fragile to photocopy
but no specific navigation directions to an Interlibrary Loan title list are
provided. The link in the Library of Congress
Catalog will direct the user
to the accessible PDF.
We invite your comments on the usefulness of these files and the project as
a whole. Please send us your thoughts: ILL@loc.gov.