Many librarians realized the hard way that the benefits of ownership do not accrue in electronic formats. It's no wonder librarians everywhere are searching for fair, sustainable, ownership-based models to procure ebook content. There are a number of factors behind the development of the In-Library Lending program. First, In-Library Lending offers free ebook access for member libraries and the promise of a low-cost, sustainable ebook program for the future. Second, the program provides libraries access to a collection that goes well beyond individual libraries' collection strengths -- making them broader and richer. Third, the program supports scholarship and social learning by placing as much information as possible into as many people's hands as possible at the least cost. In order to participate in the service and offer the ebook collection to their patrons, libraries must become members of the In-Library Lending program. Openlibrary.org offers an easy portal to the public domain and In-Library Lending collections.
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