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LYRASIS Resource Sharing Groups

As a service to our members, LYRASIS administers a variety of OCLC Resource Sharing Groups to assist libraries and cultural heritage organizations in finding opportunities to borrow materials for free from other LYRASIS member libraries.

There are two resource sharing groups that have a regional focus, and two that are general resource sharing groups.

If you qualify for and would like to participate in one or more of the following resource sharing groups, please contact Member Support via email or by phone at 1.800.999.8558.

Regional Groups

SOLINE (SL#N)

SOLINE is regional to the Southeastern region of the US (GA, FL, KY, SC, NC, LA, MS, TN, VA, AL), as well as Indiana, Puerto Rico, and the Virgin Islands. LYRASIS members in those states can join the SOLINE group and borrow returnable items from other SOLINE members at no charge to other SOLINE members.

SOLINE Terms

No Bucks (NO$$)

No Bucks is a group of libraries in the Northeast that agree to lend RETURNABLE AND non-returnable items to one another for free. It is a group formed by legacy NELINET members. LYRASIS members in legacy NELINET states may join No Bucks.

General Groups

LYRA (LYRA)

LYRA is a resource sharing group formed after the merger of NELINET, PALINET and SOLINET. Any LYRASIS member institution may join LYRA. LYRA members agree to lend returnable items at no charge to other LYRA members.

Link LYRA terms

SO6 (SIXX)

SO6 is a subgroup formed by members of SOLINE, No Bucks and LYRA. This resource sharing group is composed of libraries that agree to share photocopies of non-returnable materials (articles) with other libraries at no charge. In order to join SO6, a LYRASIS member institution must participate in at least one of the other resource sharing groups (LYRA, SOLINE or No Bucks).

Link SO6 terms

SOLINE Terms of Membership

Membership in this program is available to those LYRASIS member libraries that are:

  • LYRASIS Member institutions that are Full OCLC participants and supplier libraries in the OCLC WorldCat Resource Sharing service

Libraries that join SoLINE independently of their state networks are required to contribute their current cataloging to the WorldCat database and to supply material over the OCLC WorldCat Resource Sharing service.

This is a voluntary agreement to govern resource sharing between participants in SoLINE. The program is limited to only those resource sharing requests that are transmitted using the OCLC WorldCat Resource Sharing service.

I. Definitions

  1. Resource sharing transactions are requests submitted using the OCLC WorldCat Resource Sharing service, in which library materials are made available to a borrowing library via a lending library. Requests for material using ALA forms, Telefacsimile or any other mode of transmission other than OCLC WorldCat Resource Sharing do not fall under the scope of this program.

  2. The use of the word "libraries" in this document includes libraries of all types. This includes public, academic, special, learning resource centers, and school libraries.

II. Scope

  1. Loan of material consistent with the lending library's customary circulation policies can be requested through this program.

  2. Participating libraries will enter a statement of their resource sharing policies in the OCLC WorldCat Resource Sharing Policies Directory

III. Responsibility of Borrowing Libraries

  1. Libraries agree to evaluate all requests to determine if they are appropriate for resource sharing.

  2. Libraries participating in SoLINE should exhaust their local and state resources before requesting material from libraries in other states.

  3. Libraries agree to transmit their resource sharing requests using the OCLC WorldCat Resource Sharing service.

  4. Libraries agree to follow the program's protocols and make every effort to facilitate fair and equitable distribution of the resource sharing workload.

  5. Libraries agree that this program does not relieve them from the responsibility of developing their own collections. Each participating library should provide the resources to meet the ordinary informational, research, educational and instructional needs of its patrons.

  6. Libraries agree that they are responsible for the requested material from the time the material leaves the lending library until the material is returned to the lending library. If damage or loss occurs, the borrowing library must meet all costs of repair or replacement, in accordance with the preference of the lending library.

  7. Borrowing and lending libraries are responsible for compliance with the copyright law (Title 17, U.S. Code) and its accompanying guidelines. An indication of compliance must be provided by the borrowing library on all photocopy requests.

  8. Borrowing libraries must comply with the conditions of loan established by the lending libraries. All material is subject to immediate recall.

  9. Libraries agree to place "SoLINE" in the borrowing notes field of a request. This allows other libraries participating in the program to easily identity the request as one which falls into this program.

IV. Responsibility of Lending Libraries

  1. SoLINE libraries should practice as liberal and unrestrictive a lending policy as possible, with consideration to the interest of its primary clientele.

  2. A lending library is responsible for informing any borrowing library of its apparent failure to follow this code or the protocols.

V. Responsibility of LYRASIS

LYRASIS will manage and market the SoLINE program, seek member input for evaluation of the program, generate reports, and prepare recommendations for changes and enhancements.

VI. Expenses

  1. Borrowing libraries are responsible for costs of lost and damaged materials.

  2. Participants in this program agree not to charge for the following:

    1. Material loaned through this program.

    2. Fees for handling resource sharing requests.

    3. Postage for transportation charges. Lending libraries will pay for materials being sent to the borrower; borrowing libraries will pay costs of returning materials to the lending library.

    4. Insurance

  3. Participants are encouraged to provide free photocopies

LYRA Terms of Membership

Membership in this program is available to those LYRASIS members that are full OCLC participants and are supplier libraries on the OCLC ILL service.

This is a voluntary agreement to govern resource sharing among the libraries in the LYRASIS region that are participants in LYRA. The program is limited to only those requests that are transmitted using the OCLC ILL service.

I. Definitions

Interlibrary loans are transactions that are transmitted using the OCLC ILL service, in which library materials are made available by one library to another upon request. Requests for materials via ALA forms, fax or any other mode of transmission other than the OCLC ILL service do not fall under the scope of this program.

The use of the word "libraries" in this document includes libraries of all types.

II. Scope

  • Loan of material consistent with the lending library's customary circulation policies can be requested through this program.

  • Participating libraries will enter a statement of their interlibrary loan policies into OCLC's online policies directory.

III. Responsibility of Borrowing Libraries

  • Libraries agree to evaluate all requests to determine if they are appropriate for interlibrary loan.

  • Libraries will exhaust their local and state resources before requesting material from libraries in other states.

  • Libraries agree to follow the program's protocols and make every effort to facilitate fair and equitable distribution of the interlibrary loan workload.

  • Libraries agree that this program does not relieve them of the responsibility of developing their own collections. Each library will provide the resources to meet ordinary informational, research, education, and instructional needs of its patrons.

  • Libraries agree they will be responsible for the requested material from the time the material leaves the lending library until the material is returned to the lending library. If damage or loss occurs, the borrowing library must meet all costs of repair or replacement, in accordance with the preference of the lending library.

  • Borrowing and lending libraries are responsible for compliance with the copyright law (Title 17, U.S. Code) and its accompanying guidelines. An indication of compliance must be provided on all photocopy requests.

  • Libraries must comply with the conditions of loan established by the lending library. All material is subject to recall.

  • Libraries agree to place "SOLINE" in the borrowing notes field. This will allow other libraries participating in the program to easily identity the request as one that falls into this program.

IV. Responsibility of Lending Libraries

  • Lending libraries will practice as liberal and unrestrictive a policy of LYRA lending as possible while giving fair consideration to the interests of its primary clientele.

  • Lending libraries are responsible for informing any borrowing library of its apparent failure to follow this program. If the problem is not corrected, it is the lending library's responsibility to notify LYRASIS of the violation.

V. Responsibility of LYRASIS

LYRASIS will manage and market the program, seek member input for evaluation of the program, and prepare recommendations for changes and enhancements.

VI. Expenses

Participants in this program agree not to charge for the following:

  • Postage or transportation charges. (Lending libraries will pay for materials being sent to the borrower; borrowing libraries will pay for material being returned.)

  • Fees for handling interlibrary loan requests.

  • Insurance.

  • Material loaned through this program.

SO6 (SIXX) Resource Sharing Group Terms of Membership

Currently, the Terms of Membership in SOLINE, LYRA and No Bucks state that "participants are encouraged to provide free photocopies," but providing free photocopies is not a condition of membership in the SoLINE, LYRA or No Bucks Resource Sharing Groups.

SoLINE, LYRA and No Bucks libraries that wish to agree to provide free photocopies, reciprocally, to other libraries may join the SO6 group.

A list of all SO6 libraries can be found by searching the OCLC ILL Policies Directory.

Simply search for the group code “SIXX.” This search will display a list of all participating SO6 libraries.

To be eligible to participate in SO6, a library must be profiled into LYRA, SoLINE or No Bucks.

The library should also union list or catalog its serials on OCLC. The library must not place any restricting terms or conditions regarding photocopying charges. Photocopies must be supplied completely free of charge to other SO6 members. If a library feels that the benefits of the arrangement are not satisfactory, they may ask to be removed from the group.

If your library meets the criteria and would like to participate in SO6, please contact Member Support at LYRASIS (membersupport@lyrasis.org or at 1.800.999.8558) and ask to be included in the SO6 group.