ILL Purchase on Demand

Created October 2009; Revised June 2012; Revised March 2017

Many libraries will not lend recent imprints. Previously in such cases, JMU Libraries & Educational Technologies’ (LET) Interlibrary Loan would notify the patron that the book was unavailable due to recent publication and the request would be canceled. The patron would then either have to wait until lending restrictions are removed, until the requestor notifies JMU librarians to place the order, or until the book arrives on approval. In an attempt to be proactive with user requests, LET has adopted an ILL Purchase-on-Demand policy.  This policy meets the dual goal of filling a user’s immediate need for a recently published book and of adding a potentially high-use title to the collection.

When patrons request items through ILL which are recent publications, those items will be rush ordered by LET’s Resource Access unit within Scholarly Resources & Discovery. Items must be in scope of LET’s Collections Policies and meet the following additional criteria:

Years Allowed:



Source(s) of Authority: Director, Scholarly Resources & Discovery