March 28, 2023
Ex Libris, part of Clarivate plc (NYSE: CLVT), is delighted to announce that Linda Hall Library, the leading lender of science, technology and engineering materials is joining Rapido as a development partner. Linda Hall Library has chosen Rapido, the intuitive borrowing-and-lending system, for its capability to automate the handling of high-volume lending, and for the opportunity it offers to expand its reach to new horizons. As a development partner, Linda Hall Library is helping Rapido build workflows specific to lending-only libraries. For library users, this new collaboration will give access to over 1 million science, technology and engineering materials spanning 82 languages, and to exclusive scientific-research titles in just a few clicks.
For nearly 78 years, the Linda Hall Library has established itself as a leading lender of scientific, technological, and engineering resources. Its vast collection of over one million books, journals, government documents, technical reports, industry standards, and patents in tens of languages makes it a go-to resource for libraries worldwide seeking access to scarce items. It also enjoys longstanding depository partnerships with leading scientific societies like the American Society of Mechanical Engineers, American Society of Civil Engineers, and American Institute of Aeronautics and Astronautics, which deposit conference proceedings and papers with the library.
“The breadth and depth of these materials document the trajectory of scientific research over many decades and provide access to materials that are not available anywhere else.”
Jane Davis, Linda Hall Library
In 2020, the Linda Hall Library transitioned from Voyager to Alma, which proved beneficial during the early stages of the COVID-19 pandemic. Alma’s Cloud-based system allowed the library’s staff to work remotely, ensuring that the process of acquiring materials and providing access to them went smoothly. The Linda Hall Library staff sees “similar advantages with Rapido,” explains Jane Davis. Transitioning from their resource-sharing management software ILLiad, Linda Hall Library is partnering with Rapido to develop net-lender workflows integrated with Alma.
“In an average year, we receive over 39,000 document delivery and interlibrary loan requests with an average fill-rate of over 70%. While we have been very successful in providing access to researchers all over the world, Rapido offers the opportunity to broaden our reach to a new audience and improve services.”
Jane Davis, Linda Hall Library
The Linda Hall Library’s extensive experience in lending materials to external patrons for several decades positions it as the ideal development partner to establish lending-only library workflows that will pave the way for other net lenders.
Rapido is an integrated borrowing solution that delivers intuitive library experiences:
- For users, Rapido provides an intuitive digital borrowing experience that blurs the lines between the library collection and the collective collection. Instead of looking for a title on the web, searching for it on the library website, filling out endless forms, and crossing fingers to receive the item on time for the assignment, students can borrow titles in just a few clicks, without ever leaving the library’s interface. Its intuitive journey and transparent delivery dates make it the ideal tool to give users full ownership of their borrowing journey and academic success.
- For libraries, Rapido limitlessly extends the collection without extending the budget with automated access to the global community’s resources. In addition, with its integration into the library ILS and its automation of the borrowing-and-lending processes, staff manage a higher volume of requests with less effort.
To learn more on how to get library users the luxury of unlimited resource access within a few clicks only, visit exlibrisgroup.com or contact us today.